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Benefits of Bignay: What You Need to Know About This Wonder Fruit

Benefits of Bignay: What You Need to Know About This Wonder Fruit

Scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), have recently published a study touting therapeutic and nutritional benefits of bignay and lipote fruit. Based on what they discovered, there might be more to these fruits than it seems.

Benefits of bignay: This indigenous fruit has a lot of potential

Dr. Katherine Castillo-Israel and two of her colleagues from UPLB have done a study regarding the bignay fruit. According to her, “If we can prove their nutritional and possible therapeutic properties, then we can promote the utilization of these berries into functional foods.”

What they discovered was that the bignay fruit contained a lot of antioxidants. These are substances that can potentially prevent cancer. It does this by killing off free radicals, which can cause cellular damage, that can potentially lead to cancer.

When compared with the unripe fruit, the researchers found that the ripe bignay yielded more antioxidants. They also discovered that the amount of antioxidants in bignay can vary depending on how it is treated. Blanching it in hot water, as opposed to steaming or not treating it, increased the antioxidants found in bignay1.

Another aspect that the researchers touched upon is the commercial viability of the fruit. This is because aside from the medicinal benefits of bignay, the fruit itself is also delicious. The researchers stated that it can be processed into jams, jellies, beverages, or even ice cream. Increased production of bignay could potentially help farmers, since it can be turned into high-value products.

Other researchers support their claims

Interest in the benefits of bignay has been around for quite a while. Because of this, other studies have been conducted into the viability of bignay as medicine. One study2 found that an extract from the stem, barks, and leaves has anti-diabetic properties.

The fruit extract could also be used as a kind of organic pesticide against Epilachna beetles. These beetles eat leaves, and are treated as pests in farms.

Another study3 found that aside from the high antioxidant content, bignay fruit also had high levels of vitamin C. This in itself shows that bignay has a lot of nutritive properties, and can be a good source of vitamin C.

Lipote fruit has also piqued the interest of researchers

Another fruit that the researchers studied is the lipote. While not as popular as the bignay, they found that the fruit also has similar benefits. They found that the fruits and seeds of the lipote also had high levels of antioxidants. Interestingly, the seeds of the lipote had higher levels of antioxidants compared the flesh of the fruit.

Compared to bignay however, farming the lipote can be more difficult. This is because the bignay comes from a fast-growing shrub, while the lipote comes from a tree that takes years to grow. However, the lipote is endemic to the Philippines, so it can still be turned into a viable crop for farmers.

Key Takeaways

Now that there is proof of the medicinal properties of these fruits, does this mean you can use them as medicine? While the benefits of bignay are many, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it could replace medication.

The best way to go about it would be to use these fruits as a supplement to whatever medication you’re already taking. You should talk to your doctor to discuss how to incorporate these fruits into your diet.

It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor every time you’re trying out something new. This is especially true if you’re already taking medication, since some medications might have additional side effects when taken alongside certain fruits.

Learn more about Herbal Medicine here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources
  1. Indigenous berries show nutritional and therapeutic values, https://horizon.uplb.edu.ph/uplb-features/indigenous-berries-show-nutritional-and-therapeutic-values/, Accessed November 22, 2021
  2. A review on phytochemical and pharmacological potentials of Antidesma bunius – MedCrave online, https://medcraveonline.com/JAPLR/a-review-on-phytochemical-and-pharmacological-potentials-of-antidesma-bunius.html, Accessed November 22, 2021
  3. SciELO – Brazil – Determination of some chemical compounds of bignay fruit juice Determination of some chemical compounds of bignay fruit juice, https://www.scielo.br/j/cta/a/KTGcQ9NsbsG33rhkp7LyVyc/?lang=en, Accessed November 22, 2021
  4. Antioxidant properties of lipote (Syzygium polycephaloides (C.B. Rob.) Merr.) flesh and seeds as affected by maturity and processing method, https://www.myfoodresearch.com/uploads/8/4/8/5/84855864/_57__fr-2020-558_ilano_1.pdf, Accessed November 22, 2021
  5. Phytochemical, microbiological and pharmacological screening of the alcoholic extract from the bark of lipote (Syzygium polycephaloides) C.B. Rob (Family Myrtaceae), https://agris.fao.org/agris-search/search.do?recordID=PH9610233, Accessed November 22, 2021
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Written by Jan Alwyn Batara Updated 2 weeks ago
Fact Checked by Kristel Lagorza