Vitamin A. Atis also has vitamin A that helps to keep skin and hair healthy.
Copper content. Atis also has copper content that helps relieve constipation as well as indigestion.
Magnesium. The atis fruit also has magnesium which helps equalize the water balance of our body and removes acid from joints. This helps to lessen rheumatism and arthritis symptoms.
Potassium. This key mineral helps our body fight muscle weakness.
Iron. The rich iron content of atis fruit can help prevent iron-deficiency anemia and boost energy levels.
Atis is also a good source of
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B9
The atis fruit also contains the natural sugar fructose which makes it a great snack or after meal dessert. Unlike candy or sugary sodas, atis is a good source of sugar with a low glycemic index. It is a suitable treat for diabetic patients because it will not cause a big spike in blood sugar levels.
Precautions & Warnings
Though atis has a lot of medicinal and herbal benefits, it is important to know that the seeds of the atis are poisonous, including the leaves and the bark.
Atis as poison
The oil that is derived from the seed can be used as a pesticide. Powdered seed and dried atis fruit has also been used as fish poison and insecticide in India, so be wary of consuming this.
Atis as abortifacient
For pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant, it is important to note that atis is an anti-ovulatory. It helps to avoid pregnancy. Also, it is considered an abortifacient.
Side Effects & Interactions
As mentioned, the fruit is nutritious and safe to consume. However, the use of its other parts such as the seeds, bark and leaves must be used and prepared safely as these may have adverse affects on one’s health.
Eating the atis fruit as part of the diabetic diet is safe. But as with any major change in diet, it is best to consult your doctor.
You may eat the fruit raw and fresh. Some also enjoy juicing it and freezing the fruit as a dessert.
- Infected insect bites can be cured by applying the juice from an unripe atis fruit
- To induce menstruation, boil the leaves and drink the tea.
- To alleviate dizziness and fainting, you can crush the leaves and inhale their scents.
- As it also has a soothing effect, for hysteria, crush fresh leaves and place under the nose .
- For killing head lice, crush the seeds and mix it with water to create a paste. Apply this to the scalp and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing.
- Boil the bark and create a decoction which can be used to treat diarrhea.
- It can also be used as a tonic.
The atis fruit not only has medicinal benefits, but it is also delicious and tasty. The best part is that it is easy to grow and can be planted almost anywhere in the Philippines.
While eating the fruit is generally safe, consult your doctor about its other uses to ensure your good health and safety.
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