In India this fruit is popularly known as Seetaphal/Saripha/Ataaphal etc. etc. and it is widely available in particular season. The pulp of the fruit when mixed with milk it would become custard and tastes like custard, so it is called as custard apple. It is widely used to make jam – jelly and sharbats. Custard apples contain anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, which helps to fight free radicals in our body. It is also high in potassium and magnesium that protects our heart from cardiac disease. Moreover, it controls our blood pressure also. Custard apples contain Vitamin A, which keeps our skin and hair healthy.
This fruit is known to be great for eyes, and cures indigestion problems. It is important to include this fruit in our diet, as the copper content helps to cure constipation, and helps to treat diarrhea and dysentery. As they are high in magnesium, they equalize the water balance in our body, which helps in removing acids from the joints and reduces the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. If you feel tired and weak more often than usual, then have this fruit in your daily diet, as the potassium present in it will help to fight muscle weakness.
It is also good for a person who is suffering from anemia, as it this fruit is high in calorie. In addition, if you want to put on some weight, include this in your daily diet chart. Custard apple contains natural sugar; hence make great nutritious snacks and even desserts. This fruit contains minerals like Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron and Riboflavin and low in calorie content. It improves digestion and acts as a remedy for diarrhea and vertigo.
For treatment of lice, powdered unripe fruit is used as a cure. The flesh of the fruit is creamy and sweeter in taste. The seeds of this fruit are black, shiny, and slightly poisonous in nature. This seeds when powdered mixed with Neem oil act as a natural Bio pesticide.
The custard apple nutritional facts or a nutritional benefit includes, the presence of Vitamin C, as an antioxidant, which eliminates free oxygen radicals in the body. The rich content of Vitamin A improves healthy vision, health hair and healthy skin, the presence of magnesium improves the function of cardiovascular system and improves heart health, relax muscles as well, and the presence of Vitamin B6 and Potassium regulates the heart beat and maintains electrolyte balance.
The other health benefits of custard apple are as follows, the presence of copper and dietary fiber in these fruits keep the digestive system in good health, provides relief from constipation, and the presence of less fat improves good health and the creamy flesh of the fruit can be used as balm to treat boils, abscesses and ulcers. The dried and powdered custard apple can be used for the treatment of dysentery.
- It is the storehouse of Vitamin A, C, B6, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Iron and Potassium.
- It is a rich source of dietary fiber and its seeds have insecticidal and abortifacient properties
- The paste of its flesh is used for applying on ulcers, abscesses and boils.
- It is an expectorant, stimulant, coolant and haematinic.
- It is useful for the treatment of anemia and good for heart, skin, and bone and maintains blood pressure.
- It is excellent in treating vomiting, gout, lice and vitamin B6 deficiencies.
Custard apple fruit juice as beverage used as substitute for milk also. Custard apple tree bark is dried and powdered, which is used for making herbal medicines as it contains astringents and tannins. The leaves of custard apple help in the treatment of tumors and cancer whereas the bark of the tree used for the treatment of toothache and pain in oral cavity. Custard apple juice provides cooling effect to the body and act as expectorant and stimulant.
Custard apple benefits includes, it provides relief from anemia as it is rich in Phytonutrients and Phytochemicals. The presence of potassium in these fruits improves muscle strength and the presence of magnesium equalizes the balance of water in the body and cleanse the acids present in the joints thereby provides relief from joint pains, arthritis, rheumatism disorders.
There are other many health benefits provided by custard apple includes the presence of high content of copper, improves the production of RBC’s and it is essential for conceived mothers. The custard apple fruits are more beneficial for pregnant women, as they need 1000 mgs of copper every day, which is effectively supplemented naturally by custard apples. The powdered seed of custard apple is used for the treatment of lice.
Custard apples provide carbohydrates, proteins, low fats apart from minerals and vitamins, and all contribute to provide overall good health.
Dr. Hirendrakumar Bhagawati is a Consulting Nutritionist and Homeopath and also a Massage Therapist based in Guwahati. He has several researches in form of writings to his credit. Dr. Hirendrakumar Bhagawati is associated with Amrapali Rendition Magazine as the Consulting Editor.