Popular Nigerian Foods and their Health Benefits

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African Apple

Udara / Agbalumo

African apple known as Udara in Igbo language and Agbalumo in Yoruba language

As many people know, the benefits of vitamin C include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and even ageing of the skin. The Agbalumo is a wonderful source of vitamin C, and with 25 mg of vitamin C per 100 gram of fruit

  • Its high fibre content provides food bulk which both increases satiety and aids digestion so it is very ideal for weight watchers.
  • It has a surprisingly decent amount of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Clearly, Vitamin C sources are not exclusive to the citrus fruits family- in fact, Guava has much more!
  • Recently published researches done here in Nigeria about Udara/Agbalumo leaves carried out on rats showed two possible medicinal uses:
  • It could serve as a natural source of Anti-Oxidant booster to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders, and
  • Its leaf extract contains Hypoglycemic (to treat Diabetes) and Anti-Platelet activities, although it also had toxic effects on some organs
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