Health benefits of ‘agbalumo’, by medical doctor


Dr Andrew  Marbell, a medical doctor with the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, says the African Star Apple, popularly known as “agbalumo’’ in Yoruba, is rich in Vitamin C.

Marbell said on Tuesday in Abuja that “as a fruit, of course, it has Vitamin C and has a number of functions in the body.’’

According to him, the fruit has mineral such as calcium, magnesium, potassium etc, which are used by the body for different things.

“Some people say it has antioxidant properties too, which is good as it reduces the risk of some illnesses,’’ the medical doctor said.

Marbell, however, said that he had yet to come across standard studies demonstrating significant benefits with consistent intake of “agbalomo’’ also known as “udara’’ in Igbo.

“But maybe it’s because I’ve not looked for,’’ the medical doctor said.


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