5 Health Benefits of African Star Apple

African star apple is a fruit indigenous to tropical African countries like Nigeria. It contains numerous nutrients and has a lot of health benefits. The Yorubas call it “agbalumo”. It is called “udara” in the Igbo language.

Can you see the star formed by the seeds of the fruit?

Agbalumo is cultivated chiefly in the country’s rural areas and seasonally available from January to April. When consumed unripe, it gives a sour taste with a slapping sensation. When ripe, it is very sweet and has many health benefits.

It aids digestion

The fruit has a high fibre content that helps to keep the digestive system healthy. It prevents constipation by normalizing bowel movements and preventing digestive system problems.

It has natural antioxidant content

Antioxidants protect the body from the effects of free radicals released from metabolic processes in the body. African star apple is a natural source of antioxidants that help remove damaging oxidizing agents. It also helps to keep the immune system healthy. This implies that you give your body a better chance at eliminating free radicals that can cause diseases such as cancer.

It is a good source of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is known to assist several important bodily processes. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. It helps in the formation of collagen, protection of the heart, wound healing, enhancement of vision, and provision of aid to the immune system. It also helps to maintain healthy gums, preventing scurvy and other diseases. As previously stated, the antioxidant properties of vitamin C help to eliminate free radicals that are present in the body.

It is also worth noting that the body cannot synthesize vitamin C by itself. Hence, it has to be obtained from an external source, and the African star apple is a rich source of it. 100g of the fruit gives about 73mg of vitamin C. The recommended daily requirement of vitamin C is 90mg and 75mg for men and women, respectively.

A rich source of vitamin C

It may help with weight loss

Studies show that 100 grams of the African star apple contain 107 calories, making it a good option for people who plan to lose weight. Its proper consumption helps manage weight loss and maintain complete body health and beauty. The fruit has low fat and high fiber content which gives a satisfactory feeling after eating them.

It may prevent anaemia

African star apple contains elemental iron necessary for the body to produce hemoglobin (a major component of red blood cells). It prevents iron-deficiency anaemia, a type of anaemia that occurs due to insufficient iron in the body. This type of anaemia may manifest as dizziness, loss of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, and rapid heartbeats. Consumption of fruits (e.g., African star apple) and vegetables rich in iron is helpful in preventing iron-deficiency anaemia.

A word from HealthFacts to you

The African star apple contains numerous health benefits despite its small size. You should take the ripe ones to enjoy not just their nutrients but their sweet taste also.

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