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Health benefits of Agbalumo (African star apple)

By Mitchelle Uzorka, 09:43am

The Agbalumo season is here again and there are wheelbarrows of the fruit littered everywhere.

known as Agbalumo in Yoruba and Udara in Igbo, Just like every other fruit offered by nature, it has some wonderful health benefits that you didn’t know existed.

The milky juice that comes out of it when squeezed or sucked, comes with some wonderful health benefits, which are highlighted below.

1. Richness in vitamin C;

Agbalumo contains a high Vitamin C content i.e. 100g of the fruit gives about 25mg of vitamin C. This helps protect the body against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. It is also helpful in maintaining the healthiness of your gum, preventing sprue and gum disease.

2. Healthy for expecting mothers;

The acidic taste of Agbalumo help prevents the urge of vomiting during pregnancy.

3. Helps with weight Reduction;

For people who count their calories, Agbalumo might be the fruit you’ve been waiting for. Studies have shown that a serving of Agbalumo contains just 67 calories; thus making it a good option for people with weight issues as they get fewer calories intake in the process of consuming it.

Agbalumo also acts as a natural remedy for common issues such as constipation, toothache sore throat, and indigestion. Herbal practitioners are also known to use the bark of the tree to treat yellow fever and malaria, while the leaves are useful for treating wounds, stomachache, and diarrhea.

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