Dr Andrew Marbell, a nutritionist says the African star apple, popularly known as “agbalumo’’ in Yoruba dialect, is capable of lowering blood sugar, cholesterol, useful in preventing and good for treating heart diseases.
He said that agbalumo possess some nutritional values, 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 health practitioner further said the fruit serves as a natural source of anti-oxidant booster, to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders.
Marbell opined that agbalumo could help lose weight because it 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 added.
He also stated that the African 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 further noted.