What You Should Know About African Star Apple (Agbalumo)
I could remember vividly while growing up on the street of Lagos, I enjoyed taking this fruit a lot not because i understand its heath benefits but as a young boy who enjoys playing local games , my friends and i usually use the seeds for local games called suwe. We never knew we’ve been taking a fruit loaded with lots of health benefits. Agbalumo as it fondly called in Yoruba and Udara in Igbo, has its botanical name as Chrysophyllum albidum.It is one of the few fruits that are not usually plucked from the tree but left to fall naturally to the ground before being picked . It’s common in Nigerian between the months of December to April. A fully riped Agbalumo is sweet and sensitizes the taste buds of the consumer. Let’s examine some health benefits of African star Apple (Agbalumo).
1. Prevents Heart Disease
If consumed regularly , it can hep in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol thereby preventing heart related diseases. Though moderation seems to be the key when consuming this fruit, people suffering from heart related diseases can always take it .
2. Low Calorie
African star apple (Agbalumo) is a very good recommendation for people who wish to shed some unwanted pounds or fat. A serving of agbalumo contains just 67 calories which makes it a good choice for those willing to burn fat. It is also a nice snacking fruit used in stopping hunger pangs.
3. Source of Vitamin C and A
African star apple(Agbalumo) is known to contain lots of vitamin A and C than Orange and guava, it’s rich in calcium , potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, tannin, flavanoids and phytochemicals. Unlike most mammals and other animals that have the ability to make Vitamin C, humans obtain their vitamin c from diets which makes Agbalumo the right choice.
4 Natural Anti-Oxidant
Agbalumo is also known to have anti-oxidant properties that help in fighting cancer. Anti-oxidants are substances that protect the cells in our body against the effects of free radicals ( free radicals are molecules produced when the body is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation or when the body breaks down food). Agbalumo helps in protecting the body from these free radicals.