African star apple is one of the native fruits that is mostly consumed in African countries like Ghana.It contains many nutrients that are beneficial for your health. Its scientific name is Chrysophyllum albidum, and it belongs to the Sapotaceae family.
The fruit is also known as alasa by Ga’s and Chiwo by Hausa’s.
In recent times, the demand for African star apple is very high because of its sweet taste and its benefits to health. The benefits are listed below;
1. Improves heart health. African star apples are a rich source of natural antioxidants such as flavonoids and vitamin E, C, and A. They prevent oxidative damage of cells and promote heart health.
2. Helps manage and control diabetes. Evidence suggests that African star apple pulp can lower blood sugar levels and act as an effective dietary supplement to manage diabetes. The fruit contains high amounts of fiber, which lowers blood sugar. It also contains natural antioxidants that fight oxidative damage and prevent diabetes.
3. Prevents cancer. A high-fiber and antioxidant-rich diet can prevent different types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer . Research shows that African star apples may play an important role in preventing the growth of cancerous cells. African star apples are rich in pectin, a type of fiber, and antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamin E. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help prevent cancer growth.
4. Helps cure and prevent diarrhea. Traditionally, African star apples are used to prevent diarrhea. They have high pectin and fiber content. Eating African star apples can treat diarrhea and improve your bowel movements.
Written by @ShidaReal