A team of researchers from the School of Nutrition and Dietetics of the University of Antioquia found that the fruits of eugene trees, which do not have a tendency to be eaten, They may help prevent and treat certain diseases, such as cancer, because they contain polyphenols with antioxidant abilities.
Polyphenols are bioactive molecules of natural antioxidant origin, due to their properties If it is consumed continuously then it can be beneficial for health., With this, you can consume both its pulp and the fruit inside.
Beatriz López Marín, Professor in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, He observed that such fruits tend to drop aimlessly, and are stepped on or ignored by passers-by. This made him curious to know whether these fruits can become useful, edible and beneficial.
López Marín, along with his study team, consisting of Cristian Camilo Ypez, student, and Ader Julian Naranjo, nutrition and dietetics graduate, analyzed the properties of these fruits with the OREC and FRAP methods, which were used to determine the content of polyphenols and its preventive is done to see. applicability.
Eugenics has these bioactives in this specific fruit called Syzygium paniculatum, that being antioxidants, they see, capture and neutralize components that damage cells, “It inhibits the development of allergic processes or processes associated with diseases such as cancer or diabetes,” explained López Marín.
These fruits can be found in eastern Antioquia and in the Abura Valley. Its color is purple and it is bigger than grapes. The investigations that were done conclude that the fruits of eugenius trees act as a prevention of diseases with continued consumption; However, it is anticipated that there may be other tests directed at distribution and treatment of specific spoilage in food products.
“This is a promising species that could be targeted for consumption by populations to help prevent and treat non-communicable diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases,” Marin commented.