Uses and Benefits of Cherimoya Fruit

January 6, 2014

What is Cherimoya?

Cherimoya is a sweet, pulpy and fragrant tropical fruit. It is believed to be native to Ecuador and Peru but is now cultivated in many parts of the world particularly in Southeast Asia. These conical fruits are produced by evergreen trees that belong to the genus Annona and family Annonaceae.

This fruit is usually eaten as is without any needed seasonings or sweetener. However, modern recipes include cherimoya as pulp pureed or mixed with other tropical fruits. Cherimoya juice is also known as a refreshing drink. Meanwhile, there are also cherimoya tarts, which feature the fruit as the main ingredient mixed with sugar, milk and honey.

Uses and Benefits of Cherimoya

Cherimoya is not only an edible fruit because it has several health benefits. Similar to fruits belonging to annonas, cherimoya contains essential nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

This tropical fruit has caloric level that is equivalent to mangoes. 100 grams of fresh cherimoya pulp contains about 75 calories. Despite of the high calorie content, this fruits has no cholesterol or saturated fats. It also contains high level of dietary fiber, which aids in the prevention of cholesterol in the colon. The dietary fiber also helps in the protection of the mucus membrane of the colon to shield away from exposure and toxins by fighting cancer-causing chemicals in the gut.

Moreover, this fruit also has several polyphenolic antioxidants and powerful cytotoxins such as asimicin and bulltacinare. These compounds are great against cancer, malaria and parasitic worms.

Like other tropical fruits, cherimoya is very rich in Vitamin C, which is a very strong antioxidant. Consuming fruits that are rich in Vitamin C will help the body to fortify its resistance against diseases. Plus, Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory radicals that help the body fight numerous health conditions.

Cherimoya fruit is also a rich source of Vitamin B-complex, particularly vitamin B6 or pyridoxine. A 100 gram serving of cherimoya fruit contains 20% or 0.275 mg of pyridoxine, which is the daily recommended intake. Pyridoxine can help the body to maintain GABA neurochemical in the brain. High GABA levels can calm down tension, nervous irritability and headache.

Furthermore, Cherimoya fruit has a well-balanced potassium-sodium ratio, which means that it can help the body to control blood pressure as well as heart rate. Hence, it can fight the bad effects of too much sodium in the body. The fruit also contains more minerals weight per weight compared to other common fruits such as apples that are rich in magnesium, iron, copper and manganese.

Other Uses of Cherimoya Fruit

The seeds of cherimoya fruit are found to contain neutral resin, alkaloid, irritant poison and fixed oil that can easily kill head lice. Meanwhile, the mashed ripe pulp of Cherimoya is mixed with salt and applied on swollen areas because of the apparent anti-inflammatory properties of this fruit.

Unripe cherimoya fruits is also used by the natives for the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery and also used in wound wash. Pulp juice is also used for deworming.

The leaves of Cherimoya are also used for long-term treatment of diabetes, rheumatic pain, digestive problems, colds, skin wounds, and itches.

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