Sineguelas, also known as Spanish plum, is a fruit that can be seen in various provinces across the Philippines. This sweet, tasty, and juicy fruit is native from Latin America wherein it is primarily consumed for hydration purposes. It is loaded with beneficial nutrients and antioxidant properties.
Most of the health benefits of sineguelas are attributed to its neocholorogenic acid and chlorogenic acid content. These two also referred to as phenols and have been known for years for their positive effects in the body.
Health Benefits We Can Obtain From Eating Sineguelas
Has High Levels Of Antioxidants
Sineguelas has the ability to neutralize disease-causing oxygen radicals in the body. These free radicals are the ones that cause cell damage to the internal organs. Particularly, the superoxide anion radicals (damages fats and neurons in the brains) are destroyed by the nutrients present in sinegualas.
Boosts Immune System
Sineguelas fruit is a perfect immune system booster. It has vitamin C, which is known to support a healthy immune system. Meanwhile, its vitamin A component has anti-inflammatory effects which are beneficial in improving immune function. Furthermore, it also has iron, vitamin B, calcium, and phosphorus.
The fruit contains carbohydrates as well as iron which energize the body, thus making it a recommended food for sportsmen and to minimize the effects of fatigue on the body.
Helps Improve Blood Circulation
Consumption of the sineguelas fruit can enhance our body’s ability to absorb iron. Also, the fruit itself contains iron which is needed in the production of blood cells. Moreover, it also improves the circulation of blood, thus making it easier for our cardiovascular system to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells in our body.
Helps In Weight Loss
Every 100 grams of sineguelas contains only 76 calories and is rich in other essential nutrients. It has significant amounts of fruit fibers that promote a sensation of satiety, thus spacing the time the body returns to hunger.
Helps Prevent Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that is common among people over 50. A person with this condition may have compromised sight or may eventually even become blind. According to studies, consumption of at least three servings of sinegueals fruit can help lower our risk of macular degeneration by 36%.
Helps Relieve Constipation
Present in the fruit are important components known as sorbitol and isatin which both help in providing relief from constipation, improving digestion, and keeping the bowel healthy which is a good indication of our overall health.