05/10/2021 / Health and Fitness

9 Health Benefits of Custard Apple

Custard apple, (Shareefa or Seetaphal) is a delicious & nutritious fruit & has highly beneficial ingredients that have several health advantages.

9 Health Benefits of Custard Apple
Mazia AhmedMazia Ahmed

Mazia Ahmed

MSc Nutrition Science, Ph.D. Scholar

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  • What do you call Custard Apple in your language? It is called Shareefa or Seetaphal in Hindi. Most of you might love eating custard apple because it tastes delicious, but are you aware of its health benefits? This fruit is famous for its creamy, sweet flesh and known for several health benefits. The creamy soft flesh is full of nutrients, and it contains antioxidants and other nutrients like potassium and magnesium, which are vital requirements for our body.

  • You'll get a similar sweet taste from this fruit, just like any other tropical fruits including banana, and pineapple. Also, it is a delightful fruit that goes well with the chilly weather, especially in India, for its sweet sugary flavors like other Indian desserts such as milkshakes and kheers. Interestingly, this fruit has skin renewal capabilities, managing diabetes, and others. 

9 Surprising Health Benefits of Custard Apple

The delicious taste the custard apple offers has highly beneficial ingredients that have several health advantages. Various researches and studies have revealed that it helps in dealing with several health complications. Also, the fruit has vitamin B6 that plays a vital role in creating neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin. This fruit is fantastic for regulating your mood and helps you to cope with depression. Below, we have listed down nine health benefits that you will get from custard apples.

9 Surprising Health Benefits of Custard Apple

1. Healthy Heart Functioning

  • There are very few fruits with a balanced amount of potassium and magnesium present in it, and custard apple is one of them. It protects our heart from the risk of cardiac diseases. The presence of magnesium and potassium in the fruits helps to cope with the fluctuating blood pressure in our bodies.

  • Not only that, the magnesium helps in relaxing our smooth heart muscles and helps to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Also, magnesium in the fruits allows us to have a regular heartbeat and maintain the proper functioning of the nervous system.

  • If you have custard apples, then the risk of congestive heart failure will be reduced significantly. The fibers in the fruit and niacin present in it reduce the level of bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol in the body.

2. High Antioxidants

  • You might be surprised to note that this fruit is loaded with antioxidants that help fight free radicals in our bodies.  Also, the presence of free radicals in higher levels could cause oxidative stress. This stress is associated with various significant illnesses or diseases like heart diseases and cancer.

  • The presence of some specific components such as kaurenoic acid, carotenoids, vitamin C, and flavonoids in the fruit creates a powerful antioxidant effect. It helps to fight fatigue, which is a result of various ailments and diseases.

3. Anti-cancer properties

  • Not the fruit, but the bark of the custard apple tree is overloaded with tannins and astringent properties. Due to the presence of these ingredients, the bark is used for making various herbal supplements. Moreover, flavonoids in the fruit help prevent multiple tumors and cancers formed in the body.

  • A few elements, including acetogenin and alkaloids, are great ingredients for reducing the risk of various cancers and renal failure. The fruit also consists of several antioxidant properties that act upon cancer-causing germs or cells without affecting the healthy cells.

  • The two antioxidants with the properties of anthelmintics and anti-cancer are Bullatacin and Asimicin, which are present in the fruit, which is the main reason for avoiding cancer as the components help counter the effects of free radicals that harm our health.

4. Better eye health

  • The presence of carotenoid antioxidant lutein in custard apples, the primary antioxidant in our eyes, helps maintain good eyesight. Fighting free radicals supports a healthy vision. The fruit is a source of Vitamin C and riboflavin, which are vital nutrients required to keep a healthy eye.

 Better eye health
  • The nutrients also help to cope with free radicals that possibly could damage the cells. The presence of lutein in the fruit lowers age-related macular degeneration or AMD, affecting the eyes by damaging or losing vision. The vital ingredient present in the fruit prevents your eyes from getting dried up and allows them to function correctly.

5. Healthy Brain functioning

  • It is crucial to note that the fruit contains vitamin B complex, which controls various brain cells or GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) neurotransmitter levels. According to multiple studies, this fruit is a great source to protect you from Parkinson’s disease.

  • As you must have heard, custard apple helps to cope with depression, but it controls those chemical levels that influence various emotions, including irritability, depression, stress, and tension. The component also helps calm your brain, especially when you get overexcited or stressed, or depressed during any situation. 

6. It helps in gaining weight

  • Many people wish to put on some weight for various reasons but are afraid to eat something unhealthy. For those people, custard apple would be the best option for gaining weight as it can be an ideal dessert or snack option. Also, the fruit tastes just like the sugary desserts that most of you love to eat.

  • The fruit motivates your appetite level as it is a calorie-laden fruit, and its sugary taste or presence of sugar in the fruit makes it peep up the metabolic rate. And, if your appetite level increases, then you'll have better food intake capability, which in turn will help you to gain good weight.

7. Better skin

  • The wish for having good skin and a youthful look is nothing surprising as we all wish for it. Consuming custard apples would help stimulate collagen, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, giving young and healthy skin. Like our body, our skin also needs to be hydrated, and this fruit fulfills that requirement in and around the cell.

  • Also, vitamin C is another essential ingredient for our skin, which is present in this fruit that fights free radicals that result in flawless and glowing skin. It helps delay aging signs like dark spots, wrinkles, blemishes, age spots, and others.

8. Prevents Anemia

  • Anemia is a significant disease that is caused due to complications within the body. The body will have lesser hemoglobin or red blood cells than regular ones when affected with Anemia. The red blood cells present in our body are a vital component required in a proper amount, and it uses hemoglobin for transporting oxygen all over the body.

  • If you have a lower amount of hemoglobin or red blood cells, then your body will lack oxygen, and we all know oxygen is the most vital requirement for our body. Custard apple helps to deal our body with such conditions as Anemia, and it is also known as a haematinic and expectorant.

9. Lower the Risk of Arthritis

  • As you already know, custard apples have a higher amount of magnesium. Its presence equalizes the water balance in our body, and the acids present in the joints get eliminated. Arthritis is mainly caused by the existence of acids in the joints that result in joint pains.

 Lower the Risk of Arthritis
  • It also decreases the symptoms of various diseases like rheumatism and others. You'll be able to fight muscle weaknesses once you start consuming custard apples daily. The vital ingredient for the bone, calcium, present in custard apples helps to have better bone health.

Word of Wisdom

I hope you’ll find this article helpful and informative while adding custard apple to your diet because of its health benefits. But, it would be best if you keep in mind that the seeds and skin of Custard Apple contain some toxic compounds that you must avoid for better health. Also, it is not just a delightful fruit but also boosts your immune system. Moreover, you can consume custard apples in several ways, like smoothies, fruit salad, etc.


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