The Ga-Dangme, Hausa, and the Ewes call the fruit “alasa” It is known as Alasema” to the Twis and Fantes. To non-Ghanaians in the Western World, it is known as the African Star Apple or White Star Apple.
Personally, it is one of my favourite fruits. This motivated me to do some research to know if this favourite fruit of mine is worth the love I have for it.
Some elements present in the fruit include vitamins B1 and B2, crude fibre, lipids, protein and iron. The fruit also contains traces of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, tannins and flavonoids. Flavonoids have anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, and hypolipidemic effects on the body. Additionally, flavonoids have been reported to be potent antioxidants and free radical scavengers, capable of shielding cell membranes from damage.
Both the skin and pulp of the Chrysophyllum albidum contain much more ascorbic acid than what is found in oranges. The human immune system, eyes and even skin benefit tremendously from the high content of vitamin C present in ‘Alasa.
Some health benefits of ‘Alasa’ include:
1. Reduction in the risk of heart diseases (by lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels)
2. A sore throat (by reducing the burning sensation in the oesophagus)
3. Relief from a toothache, constipation, stomach ache, pneumonia, malaria and fever treatment, wounds.
Kindly share your thoughts for the sake of update.