This is a vigorous deciduous tree which grows about 10 – 25 meters high or it can grow to 45 meters. The Latin name of ambarella is Spondias dulcis. It is also known as kedondong. It is a tropical tree which has edible fruit containing a fibrous pit. This fruit is common in lowland primary forests and sometimes in secondary forests. It is known that this plant can grow on all types of soil.
This plant is indigenous to South and Southeast Asia. This specie is distributed throughout Indo – Malesia and from Melanesia to Polynesia. Nowadays, this plant is cultivated tropically in Australia, Africa, Florida, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. It has sweet taste but it is with a hint of tart acidity. It is golden in color. You should take care when you are eating ambarella because this fruit has seeds with very sharp spines.
Health benefits of ambarella
Improves skin health: Ambarella has a good amount of Vitamin C which can help in the tissue repair and also it can nourish your skin. This vitamin can increase the production of collagen and it will improve the beauty of your skin. Also, this fruit can be used as a home remedy for skin diseases. You can boil the leaves of ambarella and use the extract as a substitute for moisturizers and body lotion. In the traditional medicine, the root of ambarella is used as a natural treatment for itchy skin.
Overcoming anemia: There are some studies in which are said that the iron content in 100 grams of ambarella can help in the formation of red blood cells. Also, this fruit has Vitamin B1 which can help in the production of red blood cells and it can increase the flow of oxygen throughout the body which can help to prevent anemia.
Helps in weight loss: This fruit is low in fat, carbohydrates and it is high in dietary fiber. This fruit can give you the needed nutrients for your body. This is one of the best fruits if you want to lose weight. Ambarella fruit has water which will give you a feeling of fullness and also it can prevent you from overeating.
Helps treat digestive problems: Ambarella has a good amount of dietary fiber which can facilitate the digestion and it can help to clear the bowel. The pulp of this fruit is recommended for people who suffer from constipation and dyspepsia. This fruit is rich in water which can help to prevent the dehydration. The bark of the ambarella tree is used as a home remedy for dysentery.
Those people who suffer from dysentery and diarrhea can take herbal concoction of the ambarella bark to ease the discomfort. You should make this herbal concoction by using five grams of the bark and boil it in 2 cups of water until the water is reduced to half. You can use the strained concoction to get an instant relief from the dysentery.
Prevent premature aging: Ambarella fruit has Vitamin C which can help to protect the important molecules, such as nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), carbohydrates, lipids (fats) and proteins from the damage caused by pollutants, toxins and free radicals. We know that free radicals are some of the most common causes for premature aging.
Boosts immune system: Ambarella fruit is rich in Vitamin C which can help to improve the function of the immune system. Also, it can improve the formation of collagen and it will speed up the healing process of wounds. Also, this fruit is rich in antioxidants which can help to prevent the free radical damage.
Increases endurance: Ambarella has nutrients and sugars found in form of sucrose which can help to improve the vitality and endurance.
Improves vision: This fruit is rich in Vitamin A. This vitamin is playing an important role in the visual perception. Vitamin A has a compound known as retinol which can help to distribute images which are received by the retina of the eye. You can use a decoction made of ambarella leaves as a wash for sore eyes.
Controlling cholesterol levels: Ambarella has Vitamin C which can metabolize the cholesterol into bile acids and this can have implications for blood cholesterol levels and the incidence of gallstones.