If you’re not familiar with aratilis, you’re not alone, but you probably had an interesting childhood that included eating this fruit.
Aratilis or Muntingia calabura is a flowering plant that grows in several parts of the world, including Mexico and the Philippines.
Aratilis is the Filipino name, but it is also called Jamaican cherry, strawberry tree and saresa in other places.
In the places where this fruit grows, it is usually eaten raw but there are also people who sell it on the market like processed jam.
The leaves can be also useful, especially for people who love drinking tea. In Brazil, people use the fruits to attract fish, so the trees can be seen along the river banks. In Indonesia and the Philippines, this fruit is eaten by children with no need to sell it for profit.
If you and your children love eating this fruit, you’ll be glad to know that it contains many health benefits:
It can help your body fight bacteria. Our body has its natural way of getting rid of bacteria and other foreign bodies, but there are times when it also needs help from other sources, like for example, the food you eat. Aratilis is precisely the one that can help you. It has strong antibacterial properties and you can even compare it to standard antibiotics.
It also has flavanone compounds. According to one study, eating foods rich in flavanone can help in the development and proper functioning of your brain. The regular consumption of aratilis, along with other foods that contain the mentioned compound, can provide cognitive benefits, particularly in adults who already have mild cognitive impairment as well as those with neurodegenerative disease.
This fruit also has anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce swelling. Natural inflammation fighters are as effective as these drugs.
Aratilis also has cytotoxic flavonoids which are found great for fighting against cancer. You can even use the stems of the tree to prevent you from developing certain types of cancer.
As we can see, this fruit is as healthy as other popular fruits, although there isn’t much information and research for its health benefits.
So, consume it whenever you have the chance and gain the benefits we’ve mentioned above!