April 2, 2019

Agbalumo (African Star Apple)

It will be interesting to note that the popular African Star Apple called Agbalumo in Yoruba as cheap as it is  has high volume of  Vitamin C and other minerals  It’s sticky body and sour taste doesn’t bother you as you savour the milky juice finding its way out after gentle press. It is called Agbalumo among the Yoruba people and Udara among the Igbos, the English name is African Star Apple and its scientific name is Chrysophyllum africanum or Chrysophyllum albidum, a lot of people call African Star Apple as African Cherry.

– African star apple contains more Vitamin C/ascorbic acid than Orange. This vitamin helps prevent scurvy, a mouth gum disease.


-Agbalumo is good for sour throat, constipation or toothache.


-A research by scientist in Covenant University reveals that Agbalumo could lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and could be useful in preventing and treating heart diseases.


-The different plant parts like the roots, barks and leaves are used for healing cough, yellow fever, high blood pressure and much more.


-In some parts of Nigeria, the seed is used to treat skin infections.


-It is believed that consuming the fruit can help fight cancer and diabetes.


-It could serve as a natural source of Anti-Oxidant booster to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders.


-Agbalumo helps you lose weight. The fruit contributes 3g of fiber to the recommended daily intake of 25 to 38g. 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.


-Present in Udara are phytochemicals such as Tannins, flavonoids, terpenoids, proteins, carbohydrates and resins.
How is this special fruit which appeals to the taste of almost every Nigerian, beneficial to you? Tell us in a comment. As for me, it is a natural cleanser.



According to Pulse.ng, Just like every other fruit offered by nature, Agbalumo or Udara as it is popularly known has some wonderful health benefits, such as preventing mouth gum disease, tackling of toothache as well as sour throat.

Unknown to most people, Agbalumo is an African fruit known in English as “African star apple.” It is popular across Africa for its sweet-sour taste and gummy skin.


However, research has identified wonderful benefits of this small but mighty fruit.



1.   It helps Reduce Weight

As funny as this may sound it is what it is, agbalumo can be very useful when it comes to weight reduction.

Studies have shown that a serving of agbalumo contains just 67 calories, thus making it a good option for people with weight issues as they get fewer calories intake in the process of consuming it.


2.     It has High Vitamin C Content

The benefits of vitamin C include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

But unlike most mammals, the human body does not have what it takes to produce this vitamin and in other to enjoy its benefits, we’re advised to obtain it from our diet.


3.       It is a Natural Remedy

As mentioned earlier, Agbalumo is a natural remedy for toothache, constipation, sore throat, mouth gum disease and much more.

Herbal practitioners are also known to use the bark of the tree to treat yellow fever and malaria, while the leaves are useful for treating wounds, stomach-ache, and diarrhoea.

Studies have it that the seeds are used to treat vaginal and skin infections in some part of the country.


4.      It is a Natural Anti-Oxidant

Antioxidants are substances such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. It can also be said to those substances that help protect our cells against the effects of free radicals.

Free radicals, on the other hand, are produced whenever the body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation.

Nevertheless, Agbalumo helps the body with a better chance of tackling any possibility of heart diseases and cancer; owing to anti-oxidants properties.


5.        It is Good For Pregnant Women

It is not a coincidence that Agbalumo is liked by some pregnant women. As a matter of fact, the acidic taste of Agbalumo help prevents the urge of vomiting during pregnancy.

Common issues like constipation, sore throat, and indigestion can be tackled by the sweet-sour taste of Agbalumo.

In some parts of Nigeria, the seed is used to treat skin infections. Also the bark of the tree according to research was used traditionally to treat yellow fever and malaria, while the leaf treated wounds, stomach ache, and diarrhoea. In some parts of Nigeria the seeds are used to treat vaginal and skin infections.



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