Experts in herbal medicine have said that the African cherry, known locally as Agbalumo or Udara, possesses certain properties that are effective in the prevention and management of diabetes and heart diseases.
According to expert, they described the fruit as a good source of calcium.
Calcium lends strength to the bones and teeth. It is recommended for pregnant women because it reduces salivation. It is also one of the best natural sources of vitamins A and C. In fact, the Vitamin C found in the pulp of the fruit is believed to be higher than the ascorbic content of orange and guava.
“The African cherry also provides calories. This makes the fruit, which contains fibre and aids digestion, a good snack. It possesses antioxidant properties that give the body a better chance of fighting and avoiding heart diseases and cancer. The fruit is ideal for weight watchers.”
Stressing that the leaves of the African cherry contain hypoglycemic properties, which lower blood sugar and carry out anti-platelet activities. “The stem can be used as chewing stick as it contains anti-bacterial agents. It is also a natural remedy for toothache, diarrhea, constipation and indigestion.
“When boiled in water, the roots and barks are excellent remedies for cough, yellow fever, high blood pressure and diabetes. An infusion of the leaves can also be used to wash wounds, like a disinfectant.
“The fruit is excellent for maintaining a healthy metabolism, thus making it suitable for weight loss. It is unfortunate that after eating the pulp of the cherry fruit, we always throw away the skin. The skin should also be consumed.”