The scientific name of Ngapi nut is Archidendron jiringa. The origin of Ngapi nut is from Southeast Asian countries and it can be found as wild or cultivated in Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. The size of this plant is up to 21 m tall and 60 cm of trunk diameter. When the Ngapi nut is young, then it has yellow – green color and it turns into dark brown during ripening. The flowering season is between September and January. The propagation of Ngapi nut is by seed.
The leaves of Ngapi nut can be applied externally to cuts and scabies. It is believed that the seeds of Ngapi nut can give you a relief from diabetes symptoms. The bark of Ngapi nut is used to treat toothache and pectoralgia. The young leaves of Ngapi nut are cooked and the very young shoots and flowers are eaten as vegetables. You can consume the seeds of Ngapi nut in raw or cooked form. The immature seeds are eaten raw as ulam. The excessive consumption of Ngapi nut can cause toxic effects to the pancreas, liver, kidneys and heart, so you should be careful when you use it.
Also, there can be poisoning caused by seeds and the symptoms include acute renal failure, urinary retention, gout and muscle spasms. Here are some health benefits of Ngapi nut:
Ngapi nut good for the stomach
It can help streamline the swollen stomach. It has high fiber content which can launch defecate so indirectly, so it will make your stomach slim. The defecation which is not smooth and regular is one of the main causes for distended stomach.
Ngapi nut maintain heart health
It is rich in antioxidants which are good for your while body, especially the heart. When you are consuming antioxidant rich foods, like Ngapi nut, then for the toxins will be very hard to enter the body. Also, It has substances which can unblock any substances that block the blood flow. Your blood will be smoother thanks to Ngapi nut and your heart will function at optimal levels.
Eliminate free radicals
It has some vital vitamins, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin C. We know that the Vitamin A is beneficial for the maintaining of the eye health and it can improve the sharpness of the sense of sight. Vitamin A and Vitamin C are antioxidants, which can help your body to be free of free radicals. We know that the free radicals are causing cancer, so when you add the Ngapi nut in your diet, then you will be sure that you will be prevented of cancer.
Good for bones
It is rich in iron and protein, as well as calcium and phosphorus. The both substances are essential for your bones. The calcium and phosphorus can help in the prevention of bone loss and osteoporosis. You should add Ngapi nut in your diet, so your bones and teeth will be stronger.
Stabilize the vital organs in the body
It is known that the essential organs in the body will function properly and stable if the body is fulfilled with Vitamin B6 and folic acid. Also, doctors are recommending pregnant women to consume foods that are rich in folic acid for the proper development of fetus. It is known that It is one of the richest foods in folic acid. You should consume it moderate amounts, because the excess amount of it can have side effects for the kidney organs.
It is known that it is rich in iron which can prevent and overcome the lack of production of red blood cells in the body. When the body is lack in iron, then the production of red blood cells will decrease. As a result of it, the supply of oxygen and nutrients needed by cells will decrease. When someone has iron deficiency, also known as anemia, looks tired, weak and not excited. You can add it in your diet, so you will sure that the production of red blood cells is good.
Manage coronary heart disease
It is a food which is diuretic. A diuretic is an agent which is causing the urine disposal to be smooth. The smooth disposal of urine is very good for people who suffer from heart disease.