African star apple is both delicious and low in calories, making it a power-packed favourite.
The Agbalumo season is here again and it is that time of the year when wheelbarrows of the fruit litters everywhere.
The African star apple is more commonly known as Agbalumo in Yoruba and Udara in Igbo. Just like every other fruit offered by nature, it has some wonderful health benefits.
From the prevention of mouth gum disease to the tackling of toothache as well as sore throat, the benefit of consuming Agbalumo goes on and on.
I particularly chose to discuss this fruit because of its high Vitamin C content. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters. It is required for the functioning of several enzymes and is important for immune system function. It also functions as an antioxidant. However, as important as Vitamin C is, humans, unlike other animals, cannot make it!
Humans are one of the few mammals unable to manufacture ascorbic acid in their liver. The only way humans can make up for this inborn Vitamin C deficiency is to include foods rich in Vitamin C in their diet.