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Sineguelas: Antioxidant Fruits in Your Backyard Forest Garden

January 9, 2017       Health & Healing
Healing (antioxidant-laden)
fruits in your backyard

Sineguelas are also known as the Spanish Plum, an underrated fruit known to children as one favorite tree-climbing, fruit-stealing snack almost in the same breadth as  guavas and star apple.

Identified as an exotic antioxidant fruit native from the Latin America that got shipped to the Philippines by the Spaniards in the 1800s and locally grown, this crisp and tart tasting plum is found in several provinces across the Philippines.

Kills Germs in Your Digestive System

In a study of 84 plants tested for natural inhibitive effectiveness against five enterobacteria pathogenic to man, Sineguelas or Spanish Plum was one of ten plants with the best antibacterial effects against germs inside your body which is why it has been an lola/albularyo staple remedy handed down from generation to generation for stomach problems caused by parasites or germs.  A concoction of sineguelas leaves are also used as an excellent dewormer for internal parasites in humans as well as their livestock.

Better than Mood Prescription Meds

A study of extracts of Sineguelas leaves showed that it can reduce aggressive behavior and stress or depression in laboratory animals.  If the fruit also contains as much phyto-nutrients for inducing or maintaining a healthy psychologcical make-up in a person who consumes plums as part of his diet, it would be better than getting expensive mood prescription meds if you have problems with depression or mood swings caused by hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies or are stressed out by environmental factors--work problems, school pressure.

Potent Antioxidant Fruit

Sineguelas is rich in vitamin C and ascorbic acid.  But it is best known among food healing advocates to keep your immune system healthy and strong.  The plum contains
phytonutrients such as lutein, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid which bond with free radicals in your body and help your body repair itself and heal.

Good for Diabetes and Weight Loss

Sineguelas is also a good source of iron and calcium.  It can help you stay full without putting on weight from extra calories.  A 100-g portion contains just 29 calories.  A mango contains twice more calories in the same portion as sineguelas.

Extract of Sineguelas Leaves Can Heal Too

Several scientific studies have been made where the leaves of the Sineguelas can be boiled for concoctions or extracts that can effectively help reduce total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL as well as help increase blood production including erythrocyte count, hemoglobin concentration and packed cell volume. This is because the leaves contain a good amount of phytochemical bioactive compounds like flavonoids and alkaloids, nutrients like Niacin, ascorbic acid, riboflavin and thiamine.

If you are planning any semblance of a food forest in your backyard or front lawn, pick one or two sineguelas tress to grow as your source of food healing rather than resorting to meds as your first option for simple body ailments.  Sineguelas all year round in your food forest can be a life saver.


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