Santol or (Sandoricum Koetje) is a tropical fruit that is being grown and cultivated all over Southeast Asia. This round fruit has brown to orange skin and is the size of an average apple.
Its juicy flesh contains about 3-5 seeds that are coated with juicy white tissue. Some do not pay that much attention to this fruit, not knowing that of its many health benefits.
Health Benefits of Santol Fruit:
1. Allergy Treatment
Santol fruit is good for allergies. This is because santol fruit contains Bryonotic and Sandorinic acid. Both of these have been reported as good agents for the treatment and prevention of allergies.
2. Boost Your Immune System
Santol fruit contains lots fiber, which is great for boosting up the probiotic bacteria that strengthen your immune system. Also, it contains quercetin which is a powerful antioxidant for boosting immunity.
3. Cancer Prevention
Santol fruit contains antioxidants that can help in preventing the growth of cancer cells. In a study, rats that have mammary tumors were given extracts from whole santol fruits daily, and after some time, the size and number of the tumors were much reduced.
The more recent study was able to isolate a new ring-A Seco triterpene and Koetje pic acid. These 2 compounds exhibited cytotoxic activity against cancer cells.
4. Diabetes Prevention
Santol fruit is good for diabetic people. It is rich in fiber and contains a low glycemic index.
The fiber helps slow down foods digestion, thus reducing the absorption of sugar into the blood. This effect will help in regulating blood sugar level. Also, santol fruit is good for controlling body weight.
5. Prevents Anemia
Anemia is a condition wherein an individual lacks healthy red blood cells. Santol fruits contain iron, which is an essential mineral for producing red blood cells.
These fruits also have vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to help the intestines in absorbing iron effectively.
6. Reduce Bad Cholesterol (LDL)
Santol fruit has pectins, a soluble fiber. Pectin, along with good cholesterol or (HDL) will bind with bad cholesterol (LDL) in the intestines. This prevents the fats to be absorbed into your circulatory system. High level of LDL contributes to stroke, hypertension and heart disease.
7. Skin Health
Santol fruit has a natural steroidal sapogenin, which are alkaloids that help in the treatment of rashes, psoriasis, and other skin diseases because it is a natural precursor to cortisone. Also, santol leaves can be mashed and used in the treatment of irritated skin.
How to Consume Santol Fruit:
The easiest way to eat santol fruits is by consuming the edible fresh white pulps. You can eat them just like that, you can combine it in salads like the Thai people. The pumps can also be made into syrups, jam, and even liquors.
Be careful of the brown seeds though. Make sure you throw away the seeds when you are consuming the pulp. Doctors in Philippines and Thailand always warn people not to swallow the whole seeds, as this often results in perforation and obstruction of the intestines.