HEALTH BENEFITS OF AGBALUMO/UDARA/OTIEN ( AFRICAN CHERRY) The African cherry which is widely known by the Yoruba’s as Agbalumo, Igbos as Udara and some other parts of the country as Otien, is highly beneficial to the human health. Agbalumo/Udara/Otien (African cherry) has this sweet-sour taste with this milky juice coming out when squeezed or sucked before tearing its flesh apart. It also has an edible skin that is usually orange or partly green and orange in color, depending on its level of ripeness. The fruit, which is botanically called chrysophyllum albidum is mostly harvested in the pastoral areas and is very common between November ending and early March. HELPS PREVENTS PREGNANCY AND PRE-MENSTRAL SYNDROME Most pregnant women crave for cherry, because of its sour-like taste that holds the mouth, hits the palate and stops one from throwing up or spitting. It may also lessen symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, such as cramping and abdominal bloating. It stops stomach pains. Research also shows that it helps treat vaginal and skin infection. However, it is advised that pregnant women should eat fruits moderately as it could have other harmful effects if consumed too much. STRONG BONES, GOOD SIGHT and BODY FITNESS. It contains more vitamin C, calcium, iron potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, tannins, flavonoids, terpenoids, and phytochemicals, than many other fruits. Cherry serves as a good source of calcium (for strong bone). The calcium content in one cherry fruit is 10 percent the amount you need in a day. It is also a very good source of Vitamin A and C. A single fruit of its kind provides 5% of the daily recommended value of the vitamins in the body. This helps prevent you from gum diseases such as scurvy. It also helps fight other diseases in the body. SEE ALSO: WATER THERAPHY FOR FITNESS LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR AND HYPERTENSION Cherry helps fight many deadly diseases. It also helps lower blood sugar, cholesterol and treats heart diseases. Its leaves, roots and bark, have also been said to be used in times past for preparing traditional herbs to treat diabetes. 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, just as the 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. QUICK DIGESTION It reduces constipation, sore throat and aids quick digestion. It heals Cough yellow fever and high blood pressure. FAST LOSE OF WEIGHT The fruit has low calorie because of its little fat content, and it is found to be ideal for those who are trying to watch weight because it is high in fiber. SEE ALSO: 4 perfect ways to loose weight in 7 days Cherry contains fibre which helps in reducing your appetite and prevents you from eating too much. This fruit provides 3g of the recommended 25 to 38g daily intake of fibre needed by the body. Fiber provides bulk to your diet, a factor that can make your stomach feel fuller for longer. 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. IT IS USED AS LOCAL HERBS · According to the locals, this amazing fruit can be used as a natural remedy to treat sore throat, toothaches, and constipation. · It is an anti-oxidant to your body. It fights against free radicals and protects the body cells from harm. · Its seeds are useful in treating diarrhea · Other uses of this fruit include treatment for hypertension, intestinal issues and cancer. · The seeds of this fruit may be useful to reduce fevers and treat diarrhea. · This nutrient can also help protect you from diabetes and some forms of cancer. Do not eat star apple for any medical condition without first consulting your physician.