Health benefits of African cherry (Agbalumo)

Health benefits of African cherry (Agbalumo)



Health benefits of agbalumo



1. High Vitamin C Content

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Unlike most mammals and other animals, humans do not have the ability to make ascorbic acid and must obtain vitamin C from their diet. Agbalumo presents a good source for vitamin C , 100g gram gives 25mg of vitamin C.


2. Natural Anti-Oxidant

Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. What this means is that by consumption of agbalumo you give your body a better chance of fighting and avoiding heart disease, cancer etc.


Health benefits of African cherry (Agbalumo)




3. Low Calorie fruit

A serving of agbalumo contains just 67 calories. This fruit is very good for those who want to loose weight because you consume more and get less calories intake. It is also a good snacking fruit which can be used to stop hunger pangs.



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4. Natural Remedy

The agbalumo/udara is a natural remedy for toothache, constipation, sore throat, and much more. Also the bark of the tree according to research was used traditionally to treat yellow fever and malaria, while the leaf treated wounds, stomach ache, and diarrhea. In some parts of Nigeria the seeds are used to treat vaginal and skin infections. It can be used to help pregnant women to stop the urge to vomit.


5. Prevents Heart Disease

Frequent consumption of the fruit can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol thereby preventing or managing heart is a very good recommendation for patient with heart problems.


Agbalumo is a good source of antioxidants (substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals), helping your body fight certain health challenges like heart disease, cancer etc. It also serves as a good source of calcium.

The calcium content in one serving is about 10 percent the amount you need in a day and calcium serves as a source of strength for the bones and teeth.




Health benefits of African cherry (Agbalumo)


As with all fruits and food, moderation is key. Do not consume Agbalumo excessively because it could lead to heartburn. Before including it in your diet, ensure you contact your physician.


Now that you know the health benefits of this fruit and how to select the right type, I’m sure, you can’t wait to try it.

About The Author

Lilian Osigwe

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.

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