Properties, Benefits and Uses of Abiu
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Being a sweet and appetizing fruit, the abihu will not leave you indifferent. Although this fruit contains a large number of beneficial properties for our body, it is unfortunately little known to men.

That is why in this article we want to tell you about this plant, so that you can enjoy all the healthy benefits that it offers to your body.

What is the Abiu?

It is a tropical fruit, which is mainly found in the countries of Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela. It is a fruit physically similar to orange, yellow and smooth, although it has a pointed tip at one end.

Belonging to the Sapotaceae family, this fruit is known by the names of: luminance, cauje, temate, abiú, abi, abio or abieiro and caimito

Abihu is distinguished by its incredible benefits and properties for our body. However, many people think that it is an unpleasant fruit only because its skin is characterized by a very viscous liquid that adheres to the mouth (which is a latex widely used to make glue).

Abiu Properties

Abihu is distinguished from other fruits by its high nutritional content, it is a fruit rich in minerals (such as phosphorus or calcium for example), vitamins (A, B and C) and natural fibers. In fact, it’s estimated that for every 100 grams of abihu you consume, your body will ingest the following amount of elements and nutrients:

  • Carbohydrates: 10 g.
  • Water: 89 grams.
  • Calories: 48 grams.
  • Protein: 1.80 grams.
  • Mineral salts: 0.1 gram.
  • Lipids: 0.2 grams.
  • Vitamin A: 50 IU
  • Vitamin B1: 0.022 milligrams.
  • Vitamin B2: 0.196 milligrams.
  • Vitamin B5: 0.0058 grams
  • Vitamin C: 0.013 grams.

The incredible nutritional richness of this fruit makes it desirable for consumption, not to mention that it is very juicy and has a delicious sweet taste. Without a doubt, it is worth incorporating this fruit into our diet.

Abiu advantages

Among the main benefits of this fruit are:

  1. Sharpens vision. The vitamin A content present in this fruit is similar to that found in carrots or tomatoes. Thanks to this quantity of vitamin A, abihu is ideal for preventing vision-related diseases (such as the appearance of cataracts for example) and improving eyesight.
  2. Rejuvenates the skin. Regular consumption of this fruit helps you flush out toxins that promote cellular aging, allowing your skin to stay youthful and glowing.
  3. Improves digestive processes. It is well known that vitamin B is essential for producing molecules involved in the metabolism of food. Because abihu has a large amount of this vitamin, its consumption helps to regulate and improve the processes carried out by the digestive system.
  4. Improve memory. Vitamin B3 has been shown to play an important role in the development and maintenance of neurons. Thanks to the fact that this fruit contains this vitamin, its consumption can help you sharpen your memory and prevent neurodegenerative diseases (like Alzheimer’s disease or senile dementia, for example).
  5. Strengthens the immune system. Thanks to the vitamin C it contains, abihu is able to strengthen the immune system of our body, which allows us to prevent various types of diseases. So much so that Brazilians use this fruit as a natural medicine for bronchitis, colds and various ailments of the respiratory system.

Apart from these benefits, it is generally believed that abihu is also effective in fighting anemia, eliminating intestinal parasites, curing diarrhea, and delaying inflammatory processes. This fruit can be eaten both fresh and in various gastronomic preparations ranging from desserts to fruit juices.

At this point, it should also be noted that the latex obtained from the peel of this fruit is widely used as a cleanser, dewormer and abscess remover.

Contraindications

  • Be careful not to ingest the sticky latex that is inside the skin of this fruit.
  • Avoid excessive consumption. In addition, since it is a sweet fruit, moderate consumption is recommended for people with diabetes.
  • It is always advisable to consult your doctor before incorporating this fruit into your daily diet.

Remember to consult your doctor before starting any treatment with herbal remedies.