Andrew Marbell, a nutritionist, says the African star apple, popularly known as Agbalumo in Yoruba or Udara in Igbo, can lower blood sugar, cholesterol and help prevent heart diseases.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Marbell said the fruit contains more Vitamin C than an orange.
“This vitamin helps in preventing sour throat, constipation and toothache,” he said.
“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 that agbalumo serves as a natural source of anti-oxidants to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders.
According to the nutritionist, the fruit could help one to lose weight because it contributes about three grams of fibre 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.
“It also contains such useful element as phosphorus, calcium, iron, dietary, fibre and protein.”
He also prescribed the fruit for pregnant women because it provides a lot of energy and is rich in moisture.