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Health Benefits of African Star Apple

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African star apple (no, it is not cherry) is popularly known as Udara in Igbo and Agbalumo in Yoruba. I do not know what name it is called by other African countries/tribes. The scientific name is Chrysophyllum albidum. It is a seasonal fruit available from November to March.

African star apple is a rich source of calcium (provides 10% of the recommended daily allowance). It contains iron, fibre, and high levels of vitamin A and C than orange and guava, traces of vitamin B1 and B2. It also contains carbohydrate and a minimal amount of protein.
In traditional medicine, the leaves, bark of its tree, and the fruit can be used for treating yellow fever, malaria, sore throats, pneumonia, diarrhoea, skin infection, hypertension and heart problems.

African star apple contains fibre, making it great for weight loss. It is believed that the leaves contain a chemical component that is similar to insulin and can reduce blood sugar level.

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I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

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