African star apple which is commonly known as ‘udara’ is both delicious and low in calories, making it a power-packed favourite. The Agbalumo season is here again and it is that time of the year when wheelbarrows of the fruit litters everywhere.The African star apple is more commonly known as Agbalumo in Yoruba and Udara in Igbo. Just like every other fruit offered by nature, it has some wonderful health benefits.
The milky juice that comes out of it when squeezed or sucked is not only satisfying like the chewable skin, it comes with some wonderful health benefits, which are highlighted below.
1. Helps Weight loss
Star apple is one fruit that helps in the reduction of weight loss. 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.
2. Rich 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. I
3. Natural anti-oxidant
Antioxidants help prevent the damage to the system caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are produced in your cells during your own metabolism.
4. Good for expecting mothers
The acidic taste of Agbalumo help prevents the urge of vomiting during pregnancy. However, they should consult their doctors on ante-natal diet.
5. Used well in folk medicine
The sweet and sour taste of agbalumo acts as a natural remedy for common issues such as constipation, toothache sore throat, and indigestion. It also serve as herbal drugs and helps in wound healing.
Also, the leaves of udara has being generally proven to be toxic, when taking in excess.