Popularly called Agbalumo, Udara, and Otien in some
parts of Nigeria, the African cherry fruit has lots of
health benefits that will surprise anyone!The exotic fruit which has a chewable edible skin that
ranges in color from green to orange, depending on the
stage of ripeness. The tender, sweet inner flesh is off-white
with seeds making the inner to look like a star-shaped fruit.
This obviously shows where it got the nickname ‘star apple’.
purple and white and has a star shape formed by seeds
through the middle of the fruit. The beautiful fruit can be
gotten mostly everywhere in Nigeria towards the end of
November till later in March when it would have gone out
According to NurseRita, here are a few out of the countless
benefits of African Cherry:
Vitamins and Minerals
Star apples serve as a good source of calcium, with each
serving providing you with 10 percent of the amount you
require each day. The calcium lends strength to your bones
and teeth, and it may also lessen symptoms of
premenstrual syndrome, such as cramping and abdominal
bloating. This fruit also contains 5 percent of the daily
recommended value per serving of vitamin C and vitamin A.
Additionally, one serving of star apples serves up 2 percent
of the iron, a mineral vital for oxygenating your body, that
you need every day.
Helps Diabetic conditions
Star apples may have particular benefits for diabetics.
Research published in the September 2009 edition of the
“African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology” indicates
that the leaves of this fruit may reduce glucose levels in
diabetic rabbits, the same function that insulin serves. Take
note, however, that consuming star apple leaves appears to
have a toxic affect when eaten in large quantities. More
research is needed to determine the effectiveness of star
apple leaves to control diabetes in humans.
The star apple is a folk remedy in several countries,
although no research exists to confirm these uses. The
seeds of this fruit may be useful to reduce fevers and treat
diarrhea. Some people also eat this fruit to reduce the
inflammation associated with laryngitis and pneumonia.
Other uses, including treatment for hypertension, tooth
abscesses, heart problems, intestinal issues and cancer
exist, but do not eat star apple for any medical condition
without first consulting your physician.
Helps You Lose Weight
Eating a serving of star apple contributes 3 g of fiber to the
recommended daily intake of 25 to 38 g. Fiber provides bulk
to your diet, a factor that can make your stomach feel fuller
for longer. This can keep you from eating too much, and it
may help you lose weight. This nutrient can also help
protect you from diabetes and some forms of cancer.
All-Round Basic Nutrition
1-cup serving of fresh star apple contains 67 calories. Eating
star apple as a snack is a good choice as the calories are
low and it provides no fat; however, this may not be enough
calories to ease hunger pains and boost energy levels, as
between-meal snack are meant to do. The Diet Channel
notes that 100 to 200 calories per snack is best; consider
eating an oz. of cheese or a tsp. of peanut butter to boost
the number of calories into this range. One serving of star
apple also has 15 g of carbohydrates, or 11.5 percent of the
130 g suggested for daily consumption by the Institute of