Madras thorn is full of taste and health benefits. It is like a jalebi in appearance and is found more in the forests. It is also known by many names like Meethi Imli and Ganga Jalebi. It belongs to the species Fabaceae. Madras thorn also has many other names in English, such as Pithecellobium dulce and Guamúchil.

Madras thorn is white from the inside, green from above and red after ripening. It is sweet and bitter in taste. This fruit is originally from Mexico and is mostly found in Southeast Asia. The Madras thorn tree grows in the form of thorny bushes. This tree bears fruit in the months of April and May.

It is rich in many nutrients, like iron, magnesium, potassium, carbohydrates, vitamin C and protein. Also, it contains Riboflavin. Madras thorn is rich in many medicinal properties, which can prove beneficial in resolving many health problems.

In this article, we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of Madras thorn.

  1. Nutrients present in Madras thorn
  2. Health benefits of Madras thorn
  3. Other health benefits of madras thorn
  4. How to eat Madras thorn
  5. Side effects of eating madras thorn
Doctors for Madras thorn benefits, side effects and how to use

The body can get many nutrients by consuming Madras thorn. Following are the nutrients present in 100 grams of Madras thorn:

  • Calorie - 78 kcal
  • Water - 77.8%
  • Protein - 3%
  • Fat - 0.4%
  • Carbs - 18.2%
  • Fiber - 1.2%
  • Calcium - 13 mg
  • Phosphorus - 42 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Sodium - 19 mg
  • Potassium - 222 mg
  • Vitamin C - 133 mg

(Read more: Treating nutritional deficiencies)

The benefits of madras thorn are as follows:

Helpful in boosting immunity

Madras thorn is rich in antioxidants. Vitamin C is found in it, which can prove to be helpful in increasing immunity. Vitamin C acts as an excellent antioxidant in our body and increases the body's ability to fight many harmful free radicals. By boosting immunity, you can fight many infectious diseases.

(Read more: Immunity boosting foods and diet)

Reduce cholesterol level

Vitamin C present in madras thorn can help us reduce the bad cholesterol level. Also, it helps us increase the good cholesterol level. Apart from vitamin C, there is a lot of potassium in Madras thorn, which is beneficial for heart patients. In such a situation, heart patients can consume madras thorn as this can be a great fruit for them.

(Read more: Heart disease)

Reduce inflammation

Madras thorn has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help you reduce the level of uric acid in the blood. Not only this, you can reduce the symptoms of arthritis by consuming madras thorn.

(Read more: Arthritis in young adults)

Helpful in fighting anemia

Iron deficiency in your body can be fulfilled by consuming madras thorn. Vitamin C is present along with iron in madras thorn, which can help you overcome the problem of anemia.

(Read more: Anemia diet)

Beneficial for diabetics

The extract of madras thorn leaves has anti-diabetic properties and, as such, Madras thorn can be beneficial for diabetics. However, consume it only on the advice of experts.

(Read more: Diabetes Diet)

Other benefits of madras thorn for your health are as follows:

  • Potassium is present in Madras thorn, which relaxes your muscles. Also, it can help you to overcome muscle problems.
  • Madras thorn has the property of relieving stress and anxiety disorders. It can prove to be helpful in reducing the stress hormones present in our bodies.
  • Vitamin B2 is present in Madras thorn, which improves the level of oxygen in the body.
  • Its consumption can make your skin glow, as it helps you to improve oxygen and blood flow in your body.
  • Madras thorn has anti-microbial properties.
  • It is full of free radicals and anti-ulcer properties.
  • Apart from this, there can be many other benefits of eating madras thorn, such as anti-cancer properties, good eye health, improving blood cells, controlling blood sugar, etc.

(Read more: Diet for Cancer patients)

The right way to eat madras thorn is as follows:

  • Madras thorn can be peeled and eaten like other fruits. Inside it is a black seed, like tamarind, which should be thrown after eating.
  • Apart from this, some people also eat it dry or make marmalade.
  • Its powder and marmalade can be consumed in case of toothache and mouth ulcers.

(Read more: Home remedies for mouth ulcers)

While many medicinal properties are present in madras thorn, its consumption or use should be avoided in some situations, such as:

  • Women should not consume it during pregnancy.
  • Lactating women should avoid the consumption of Madras thorn.

Madras thorn can be beneficial for health as it is rich in many nutrients. But before consuming it, do take medical advice, especially if you are struggling with a health condition.

(Read more: Diet  during the first month of pregnancy)

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