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What Is Mamey Sapote?

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Mamey sapote is commonly known as pouteria sapote. It is a tea fruit that has an ovoid form similar to a mango or avocado and is considered endangered owing to human encroachment. It's native to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Florida. The tree's green leaves are large and are often grafted to guarantee that the tree produces good fruit and the fruit retains the parent tree's characteristics. Although the fruit is not well known in many areas, it is common in Latin cuisine and may be eaten as-is, used in ice creams, or blended into milkshakes.

Weight control, heart health, supporting healthy bone and tooth formation, helping in keeping the blood vessels flexible, increasing hemoglobin production, and boosting reproductive health are mamey sapote's health benefits. Other advantages include increased energy, less oxidative stress, improved eyesight, and relief from premenstrual syndrome symptoms.

Good for Eyesight

Proper eye care is necessary for the proper functioning of different body parts and improves life quality. It is vital to consume foods high in Vitamins A, C, and E to improve eyesight and protect against illnesses that may impact the eye. These vitamins may aid in the healthy functioning of the neurons in the eyes and improve cognitive function. Antioxidant vitamins may also assist in preventing or decreasing the progression of macular degeneration as people become older.

Supports Bone and Teeth Health

Brittle bones and dental issues afflict people of all ages all over the globe, and they've been linked to a phosphorus and calcium deficit. Foods high in phosphorus and calcium, such as mamey sapote, are necessary for bone and tooth growth. These two dietary elements are components of hydroxyapatite, and they work together to keep teeth and bones strong and healthy and may prevent tooth decay and bone disorders such as osteoporosis.

Reduces Oxidative Stress

Vitamin E possesses antioxidant properties and may help prevent oxidative stress by counteracting the effects of free radicals. Mamey sapote contains this antioxidant and neutralizes free radicals, preventing their activities and facilitating the repair of the cell damage caused due to oxidizing free radicals.

Weight Management

Choosing foods with low calories is a great way to lose weight, and mamey sapote does exactly that since it contains a combination of nutritional elements that may help with weight loss. One such ingredient is the dietary fiber found in mamey sapote, which is primarily responsible for the satisfying sensation of fullness that follows with eating this fruit. Dietary fiber takes longer to digest, which means hunger is delayed. Mamey sapote's higher fiber content helps in filling the stomach, reduces food cravings, and slows the pace at which food exits the stomach.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Richardson, Tex.

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