African Star Apple is called Agbalumo in Yoruba language, Ciwoh in Hausa language, Udara in Igbo language and cherry in pidgin english. Beside using the seeds to calculate in arithmetric, little girls back then cracked the seeds and used the content as decorative earrings while the boys will empty the content and use it as a whistle.
The sticky juice that comes out of the sweet juice is usually satisfying, the skin can be used to form chewing gum after eating it for a long time. Beside the sweetness of the fruit, it is packed full of nutrients and minerals, 100g servings of the fruit contains the following
- Carbohydrate 10.49 g
- Protein 6.99 g
- Fat 2.49 g
- Moisture 73 g
- Vitamin C 25
- Vitamin B3 1.137 mg
- Vitamin B1 0.049 mg
- Vitamin B2 0.038 mg
- Potassium 1175mg
- Magnesium 90mg
- Calcium 250mg
- Sodium 12mg
- Iron 200mg
- Total dietary fiber 1.92 g
- Protein 1.52 g
- Phosphorus 18.95 mg
- Tryptophan 0.004 g
- Lysine 0.022 g
- Methionine 0.002 g
The health benefits includes
1. It helps weight loss
People who are watching their weight will find Udara to be useful due to its low content of calories. Also, Udara contains fiber which provides bulk to your diet giving a feeling of fullness. This feeling can keep you from eating too much, and it may help you lose weight.
2. It has high content of vitamin C
Udara contains a high content of Vitamin C i.e. 100g of the fruit gives about 25mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C to 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.
3. It contains natural anti-oxidant
Free radicals causes damages to the system while antioxidants help prevent the damage to the system caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are produced in your body cells during metabolism. Their production increases in response to stress or injury. Intake of foods and drinks that can neutralize these free radicals are highly encouraged. This will help to increase the body’s immunity and prevent some chronic diseases such as diabetes,hypertension.
4. High water content
Udara is a fruit that has a high water content, this will help to aid hydration.
5. It is good for pregnant women
Udara is very loved by some women during pregnancy because of its acidic taste which can help to prevent the urge to vomit . Studies have shown that udara can help some of the problems faced by women who are pregnant such as reducing constipation, overcoming a sore throat, and helping with digestion.
Other health benefits include
- It can be used for treatment of toothache,
- Management of constipation due to its high fiber comtent
- Treatment of sore throat
- The bark of the tree according to research was used traditionally to treat yellow fever and malaria, while the leaf for treatment of wounds, stomach ache, and diarrhea. In some parts of Nigeria the seeds are used to treat vaginal and skin infections