It is the African Cherry season again (Also known as agbalumo or Udara) and we a lot of people are excited.
Although most people love the African Cherry cause of the sweet taste, experts have revealed the fruit contains properties that are effective in preventing and managing diabetes and heart-related disease.
While speaking with The Punch, the Managing Director of Pax Herbal Clinic, Rev. Fr. Anselm Adodo revealed the fruit is a good source of calcium.
The Rev. Fr said “Calcium lends strength to the bones and teeth. It is recommended for pregnant women because it reduces salivation. It is also one of the best natural sources of vitamins A and C. In fact, the Vitamin C found in the pulp of the fruit is believed to be higher than the ascorbic content of orange and guava.
“The African cherry also provides calories. This makes the fruit, which contains fiber and aids digestion, a good snack. It possesses antioxidant properties that give the body a better chance of fighting and avoiding heart diseases and cancer. The fruit is ideal for weight watchers.”
Speaking further, he revealed the benefits of agbalumo are not limited to the fruits alone as the stem could be used as a chewing stick.
“The stem can be used as chewing stick as it contains anti-bacterial agents. It is also a natural remedy for toothache, diarrhoea, constipation, and indigestion.
“When boiled in water, the roots and barks are excellent remedies for cough, yellow fever, high blood pressure and diabetes. An infusion of the leaves can also be used to wash wounds, like a disinfectant.
“The fruit is excellent for maintaining a healthy metabolism, thus making it suitable for weight loss. It is unfortunate that after eating the pulp of the cherry fruit, we always throw away the skin. The skin should also be consumed.”