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Exotic Fruits of The Phillippines

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Published December 18th 2013
Delicious fruits with amazing benefits for our body
1. Atis

A widely cultivated tree throughout the Philippines,atis or sugar apple is a small tree that grow from three to five metres in height, bearing a large fruit six to nine centimetres long in the shape of a heart. When it ripens, this sweet fruit turns into a light yellowish-green.

According to the folklore, the bark can be use as a tonic and to stop diarrhoea. Crushed leaves can also assist in fainting and hysteria.

The juice from the unripe fruit can be use to treat insect bites. Apply directly up to three times a day.

The seeds mix with oil can also aid in the treatment of head lice.

Blend half a cup of seeds and a quarter cup of oil. Apply the mixture to the scalp and hair; leave it overnight.

Shampoo your hair in the morning and use a fine toothcomb for combing. Repeat the process daily for 3-5 days.

Information gathered from StuartXchange.

2. Suha

For those of you who would like to loose weight in a natural way, this could be the fruit for you. Suha or pomelo (citrus grandis) is the largest citrus fruit that prolifically grows in Southeast Asia. The fruit turns yellow when ripe and has sweet sour pinkish flesh with very thick rind.

Like most citrus it is acidic and has a fat burning enzyme that absorbs and decreases starch and sugar in the body, although this enzyme is effective for losing weight and not for the control of blood sugar levels. The chromium contents of the fruit help reduce the blood sugar. Please note that although suha can help in lowering the blood sugar of diabetics, it is not a cure for diabetes.

Suha is a great source of vitamin C, which help boost the immune system against other diseases. Vitamin C can also assist in improving the absorption of calcium and iron in our body.

Pectin, found in Suha, can help in cleaning the accumulated arterial deposits and impurities in the heart, and can also assist in lowering cholesterol count.

In conclusion, Suha is a nutritious and delicious fruit. However, excessive consumption could potentially damage your liver.The juice extract from this fruit can react with anti-allergic medicines causing arrhythmia (an irregularity in the force or rhythm of the heartbeat) As with anything, the key is moderation.

Information gathered from All About Diabetes.

3. Chiko

Chiko or aapodilla/sapota is a very popular and delicious tropical fruit. It is a soft and easy to digest fruit, but because of its high sugar contents it is also rich in calories. It can instantly replenish energy and revitalise the body.

A vital source of vitamins, minerals and health benefiting anti-oxidant, tannins, it is coloured brown, similar to a kiwi fruit.
It is a tropical evergreen fast growing, fruit-bearing tree with wind and drought resistance that make this fruit tree suitable for dry and arid regions. However, proper irrigation during summer can provide a good fruit yield.

An excellent laxative because of its good source of dietary fibre (5.6 grams per 100 grams), this delicious fruit is also rich in calories (100 grams provides 83 calories).

Chiko is rich in antioxidant poly-phenolic compound tannin. Research studies have shown that tannins can potentially have inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic effects. Therefore, these compounds has numerous useful medicinal applications such as anti-diarrhoea, hemostatic (stops bleeding) and as a remedy for haemorrhoids.

Chiko contains massive amounts of Vitamin C (100 grams contains 24.5% of recommended daily intake) and Vitamin A which is essential for our vision.

Lastly, Chiko fruit is a good source of minerals like potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like folate, niacin and pantothenic acid which are essential for optimal health.

Information gathered from Nutrition and You.

These fruits are readily available in a lot of Asian fruit shops.
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