8 Amazing Facts and Health Benefits of Star Apple

African Star Apple is one of the native fruits indigenous to tropical African countries like Nigeria and contains lots of nutrients that are numerous and beneficial to health.

Africa Star Apple is used in treating high blood pressure, diarrhea, digestive issues and fever, and lots more.

 

Below are the amazing 11 health benefits of African star apples.

1.       Aids in Digestive Health

The active fiber content, which is mainly a carbohydrate in star apple, helps keep the digestive system healthy and helps to overcome constipation and other digestive problems.

It helps in normalizing your bowel movements and aids in getting rid of constipation as well as other problems of the digestive system. Consumption of star apple helps in preventing the most dangerous health problem like cancer of the colon.

 

2.      Natural Antioxidants

African Star apple serves as a natural source of antioxidants which helps to remove damaging oxidizing agents in the body system and keep the immune system healthy.

Antioxidant-rich foods like star apple can prevent free radicals like heart attack and cancer. Regular and moderate eating of star apples can help reduce the development of dead cells by removing free radicals.

 

3.     Boosts Immune system

These vitamins present in star apples help produce collagen that promotes immune health and moderates sugar levels in diabetic patients. Africa Star apple consumption helps boost immunity due to the presence of vitamin C and carotene in it.

 

4.      Prevents Anemia

Iron deficiency is a type of anemia that occurs because of insufficient iron in the body. It has a content of iron that is necessary for the body to produce hemoglobin and prevent iron deficiency anemia. It can lead to dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness, rapid heartbeat, headache, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

All these can be prevented by consuming foods with high iron content, such as African star apples and vegetables.

 

5.       Strengthens Bones 

Important minerals such as calcium and phosphorus that are important for maintaining strong bones and teeth are contained in African star apples.

Because of its rich in calcium and phosphorus, regular eating of these fruits contributes a lot to strengthening your bones and preventing numerous bone diseases.

 

6.       Helps in Weight Loss

Proper consumption of Africa star apples helps in managing weight loss and maintaining complete body health and beauty.

African Star apple is one of the best fruits for weight loss due to its low in fat, and also it contains a high amount of dietary fiber that improves satiety, making you feel more satisfied even after a long time.

It is an excellent fruit to take when you are trying to lose weight.

 

7.        Good Source of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that is important to assist several essential functions in the human body.

Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and controls collagen production, protects the heart, healing wounds, enhances vision, improves immune health, and decreases blood sugar levels.

Vitamin C antioxidant properties help neutralize the harmful effect of free radicals and prevent fatal diseases like heart diseases and cancer.

Since the human body cannot produce vitamin C itself, we can easily get it from outside by consuming African star apple because it is one of those foods with a high vitamin C content.

 

8.        Prevents Diabetes

Another essential benefit of the African star apple is that it aids in controlling sugar levels in the blood, which is the best food for people who have diabetes.

Star apple fiber aids in keeping the blood sugar level under control. It’s rich in antioxidants helps in protecting the body against health problems such as cancer, diabetes, and heart problems

 

9.        Low Calories

African Star apple is known for its low calories. One portion of this fruit contains 67 calories making it good for those trying to lose weight. Star apple is rich in fiber which can make you get satiated easily.

 

10.    Can be used as Medicinal Drugs

The leaves, seeds, and fruits are good herbal medicine for treating various health issues. You can use the cooking of the leaves or bark to treat diarrhea and dysentery—the shell of the star apple tree aids in treating yellow fever and malaria.

African Star apple leaves treat skin rash, stomach pain, diarrhea, and stomach pain. The seeds of star apple are also used in preparing ointments for treating skin infections and virginals.

 

11.    Good For Pregnant Women

African Star apple has an acidic taste and is mostly liked by women during pregnancy because it helps prevent the urge to vomit. Star apple helps a lot in some problems women face during pregnancy, like treating sore throat, constipation, and indigestion.

Therefore you should consume this fruit during pregnancy because it will be of great help.

 

Nutritional Values of African Star Apple

Nutrients

Amount

Energy

91.09 Kcal

Carbohydrates

10.49 g

Protein

6.99 g

Total fat

2.49 g

Moisture

73 g

Vitamin C

25

Vitamin B3

1.137 g

Vitamin B1

0.049 mg

Vitamin B2

0.038 mg

Iron

0.49 g

Total dietary fiber

1.92 mg

Protein

1.52 g

Phosphorus

18. 95 mg

Tryptophan

0.004 g

Lysine

0.022 g

Methionine

0.022 g

Calcium

12.35 mg

 

They contain several nutrients such as protein, lysine, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, amino acids, methionine, vitamin A, C, B3, B2, and B2 in moderate quantities added to other traces of elements like tannins, terpenoids, flavonoids, and others that are beneficial to human health. 

 

Growing African Star Apple

African Star apple grows only in the subtropical or tropical climate. It can be cultivated easily from seeds and would take 10 years for the young seedling to mature and bear fruits.

That is why grafted trees from air-layered cuttings or local nurseries are better as they bear fruits from 1 to 2 years after cultivating in the ground. Its botanical name is Chrysophyllumcainito, and it is usually available from December to April. 

In the Igbo language, the African Star apple is a prevalent fruit in Nigeria called Agbalumo in Yoruba and Udala; the color ranges from green (when unripe) and orange (when ripe).

Some have a yellow color too, and this kind of African star apple is more common than the purplish-green or purple star apple cultivated in other parts of the world like the ones grown in Southeast Asia, which have extended to Central America.

In some Southeast Asia, other varieties are grown known as just Star apples but are a purple back (Purple Star Apple) instead of the Nigerian yellow-orange color.

 

Conclusion

Generally, African star apples are quite nutritious. The leaves exhibit some palliative properties that have been proven to remedy certain ill-health conditions, such as skin rashes, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

It serves as a source of important daily vitamins recommended for health: vitamins A and C, which support many important functions of the human body.

Regular consumption of this fruit star apple will definitely boost your health in many ways.



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