Health benefits of Cherimoya (Custard fruit)

Health benefits of Cherimoya (Custard fruit)

Custard apples, also well known as  ‘sitaphal‘ in Hindi, ‘Seetha Palam‘ in Telugu, ‘Seetha Pazham‘ in Tamil, ‘Sita Pazham‘ in Malayalam, ‘Sitaphala‘ in Marathi, ‘Sita Phal‘ in Gujarati and ‘Sharifa‘ in Punjabi.

Custard apples are rich in anti-oxidants like vitamin C, which help get rid of free radicals from the body. It is also rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, niacin & potassium.

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Custard apple, also known as chermoyas and are native to South America, West Indies and some parts of Asia. The fruit is soft and chewy with a hard exterior. The flesh is white in colour and has a creamy texture. The pulp coats black shiny seeds that are not consumed, as they are slightly TOXIC. Custard apple with its high calories and natural sugars are great as a dessert and as a nutritious snack.

The fruit can be consumed just by itself or in the form of shakes, smoothies, deserts and ice cream. Moreover, this tasty fruit is an excellent alternative to dairy products, making it perfect for those who are allergic to dairy products as it provides the same nutrition.

Custard Apple during Pregnancy:

Custard apple helps develop the brain, nervous system, and immune system of a fetus effectively. Regular consumption of custard apple also reduces the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy and minimizes the extent of labour pain during childbirth.

The pregnancy-wonder fruit also helps the expectant mother to cope with morning sickness, fight nausea, numbness and mood swings. Regular consumption during pregnancy is excellent for production of breast milk.

Benefits for the fetus:

  • Custard apple helps in developing the brain of the fetus.
  • It also develops the nerves and immune system of the baby effectively.
  • Regular consumption of custard apple reduces the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy.

In addition, it also minimizes the extent of labor pain during childbirth. Experts believe that seethaphal can be an ideal alternative for milk.

Therefore, it makes the perfect choice for those who are allergic to dairy products. Regular consumption of custard apple during pregnancy is best for the creation of breast milk as well.

Seethaphal is a miracle fruit during pregnancy. It is stuffed with plenty of nutritional benefits that come to help collectively. For its manifold nutritional attributes, the fruit is considered best for the pregnant woman.

Eating a custard apple daily along with other food stuffs will surely help a would-be mother in giving birth to a healthy child.

Healthy Skin and Hair:

Thanks to the high-levels of vitamin A, custard apple is great for healthy skin, healthy hair and better eyesight.

It plays a role in moisturisation and anti-aging.

The creamy flesh or pulp can be used as a balm to treat boils and ulcers.

The outer skin of custard apple is helpful in combating against tooth decay and gum pain

Additional Benefits

  • Very sweet and pleasant flavour annonas contain an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.
  • The fruit has calories equivalent to that of mangoes . 100 g of fresh fruit pulp provide about 75 calories. It, however, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. The fruit characteristically is a good source of soluble dietary fiber (3 g% or 8% of RDA) which helps lower absorption of cholesterol in the gut. The fiber also helps protect the colon mucosa from exposure to toxic substances by binding cancer-causing chemicals to it.

·       Cherimoya contains several polyphenolic antioxidants. Among them, the most prominent in Annona family fruits are Annonaceous acetogenins. Acetogenin compounds such as asimicin, bullatacinare, etc., are powerful cytotoxins and have been found to have anti-cancer, anti-malarial, and anti-helminth properties.

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 Thank you …It is very good in vitamin-C. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Soursop (A.muricata) relatively has more vitamin-C (34% of RDA). Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin-C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

Also, cherimoya fruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins, especially vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine). 100 g fresh fruit provides 0.257 mg or 20% of daily recommended levels. Pyridoxine helps keep up GABA neurochemical levels in the brain. High GABA levels calm down nervous irritability, tension, and headache ailments.

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Further, it has a well-balanced sodium-potassium ratio. A good potassium level in the body helps control heart rate and blood pressure, and thus, counters bad influences of sodium.

It also contains more minerals weight per weight than many common fruits like apples, being rich in copper, magnesium, iron, and manganese.

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Benefits of eating Custard apple:

  • It is a natural anti-oxidants.
  • It reduces stress levels.
  • It promotes collagen development.
  • It reduces bronchial inflammation.
  • It keeps skin young.
  • It prevents digestive problems.
  • It is good for arthritic patients.
  • It regulates blood pressure.
  • It lowers bad cholesterol. 

Why is 'custard apple' called that, even though no one ever puts it in the custard?

Let me try and answer your question with mine:

Q1. Does "Eggplant" produce Eggs?

Q2. Are only people with their name as 'Jack', eat Jackfruit?

As far as names are concerned, quite often there isn't a rationale behind it....or if does exist, it is long lost in the annals of history.....

Why custard apple is called "Sitafal" in Hindi? 

Even though some people say that it gets its origin from being the fruit that Godess Sita had during her Vanvaas, another explanation, which I found more reliable is that it comes from to Sanskrit words "Sheet" meaning cold and "phal" which of course means fruit, as it is known to cool the body. The regular use made Sheetaphal to sitafal.

I have four sitaphal tree in my garden.

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