.Shri Raksha Sriyan
In India, one of the fruits you will find on every street corner during summer is the ice apple. Ice apple is native to the Indian subcontinent, the palm fruit is a summer staple and can be found through the months of May to September.
Characterized by its tan-coloured skin that conceals a translucent, jelly-like fruit filled with refreshing ‘coconutty’ water. Ice apple is a source of the phytochemical anthocyanin, and also it is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ice apple is a low-calorie fruit providing 43 calories per 100 grams ,11 grams of carbohydrates and rich in calcium and phytonutrients. It also contains a minimal amount of fibre, protein, vitamin C, A, E, K, B7 and iron which confers you with a host of healing health benefits. Ice apple is packed with good amount of minerals sodium and potassium which helps in maintaining the fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.
Ice apple acts as an excellent coolant and naturally cools the body in the summer and regulates the body temperature. It quenches the thirst and provides energy to stay active throughout the day.
It is a natural remedy for several stomach ailments and digestive issues, ice apple helps in relieving constipation and promotes bowel movements. It also relieves acidity and stomach ulcers There are a lot of health benefits of ice apple. Those who are down with chickenpox needs to add this fruit to their diet.
Ice apple provides cooling effect to the skin and body that can reduce the itchiness in people suffering from chicken pox
The only reason pregnant women should consume ice apple is because it improves digestion and helps with constipation and acidity problems which is a common occurrence during pregnancy.
The best health benefit of ice apple is that it slowly gets rid of liver problems as it cleanses out the toxins with the high amount of potassium present in the fruit. Heat boils too arise during the summer season when the temperature increases. Consuming tons of the ice apple fruit will keep away heat boils.
Ice apples designate the existence of the phytochemicals anthocyanin which may inhibit the growth of tumours and breast cancer cells. This is one of the best health benefits of ice apple. The health benefits of ice apple or nungu is that it keeps the glucose levels up and provides the right balance of minerals and nutrients to the body.
One of the best benefits of ice apple is that it helps get rid of nausea. Skin problems such as heat rashes and prickly heat are very common in summer. Applying the flesh of ice apple on the affected areas relieves the itchiness and provides a soothing effect. Consumption of Ice apple can help in ret rid of heart problems. Ice apple boost the immune system.