An expert, Dr Andrew Marbell, has said the African star apple, popularly known as “agbalumo’’ in Yoruba can lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
It is also useful in preventing and treating heart diseases.
Marbell who is a nutritionist disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that “agbalumo’’, also known as “udara’’ in Igbo has some nutritional advantages which contains more Vitamin C and ascorbic acid than orange.
“This vitamin helps in preventing sour throat, constipation and toothache.
“In some parts of Nigeria, the seed is used in treating skin infections and it is believed that consuming it can help fight some cancers and diabetes,’’ he said.
The expert said that “agbalumo’’ serves as a natural source of anti-oxidant booster to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders.
Marbell added that “agbalumo” could help one to lose weight because the fruit contributes about three grams of fiber to the recommended daily intake of 25 to 38 grams.
“Fibre provides bulk to your diet, a factor that can make your stomach feel fuller for longer.
“The different parts like the roots, bark and leaves are used for cough, yellow fever, high blood pressure and much more,’’ he said.
The nutritionist, however, said that Africa star apple is one of the best fruits for pregnant women because it provides a lot of energy and is rich in moisture.
“It also contains such useful element as phosphorus, calcium, iron, dietary, fibre and protein.
“An Africa pregnant woman can enjoy all the amazing effects from eating the star apple,’’ he said.