New Delhi: Chikoo is a tasty and healthy fruit! It is a grainy grey-brown pulpy fruit with a sweet taste and a gritty texture. It is a high-calorie, low-fat, cholesterol-free fruit that aids in the maintenance of an active and healthy lifestyle. In India, it is known as a Chikoo, although it is also known as a Sapodilla in English or a Zapote in Spanish, and it is known as the Naseberry in the West Indies. Here are some benefits you must know about:
Relief from constipation
Sapota fruit is a rich source of dietary fibre, which makes it an excellent bulk laxative. The fibre content provides relief from constipation. It helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon and makes it resistant to infections.
The high content of tannins (polyphenolic compounds) makes sapota or chikoo an important anti-inflammatory agent. It helps in improving the condition of the digestive tract through the prevention of diseases like esophagitis, enteritis, irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis. It also reduces inflammation by reducing any swelling and pain.
Beneficial for skin and hair
Chikoo juice helps the skin and keeps the head nourished and healthy, and also helps in growing hair. It is also effective in treating hair fall due to swelling in the head. Also, antioxidants are found in good quantities in chikoo. Therefore, it is helpful in stopping the ageing process as it eliminates free radicals, and it also reduces wrinkles.
Controls blood pressure
The magnesium in sapota keeps the blood vessels up and running, and potassium regulates blood pressure and circulation.
Chikoo contains a high dose of antioxidants and has been found to be effective in lowering the risk of different types of cancers. In addition, vitamins A and B help in maintaining the health of several mucus linings of the body and the texture of the skin. Vitamin A also provides protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.