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8 benefits of Anona for health

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The anona, also known as anón, saramuyo or kidney, is a fruit rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help to fight inflammation, increase the body’s defenses and improve mood, providing several benefits for health.

The scientific name of this fruit is Annona squamosa, It has a sweet taste and can be consumed fresh, baked or cooked or to prepare yoghurts, ice creams, shakes and tees.

In spite of the benefits of the anona, it is important to be careful with the shell and its seeds, as they may have toxic compounds that can cause some side effects if they are ingested. Asimism, one should not confuse the anona with the atemoya, because despite the fact that they are similar fruits, the atemoya is a hybrid between the anona and the chirimoya and other properties.

The benefits that the anona can bring to health are:

1. Favor weight loss

The anona is a fruit that provides few calories, about 82 calories for every 100 g, in addition to being rich in fibers that help to increase the sensation of satiety and reduce the hambre. Asimismo, is an excellent source of vitamins from the B complex, which are necessary to maintain a good functioning of the metabolism.

2. Increase the body’s defenses

Thanks to its content of vitamin C, vitamin A and other antioxidant compounds, the regular consumption of pineapple helps to increase the body’s defenses and improve the immune system, preventing the emergence of diseases such as flu or colds.

3. Improve intestinal health

The anona is a fruit rich in fiber, whose consumption favors the increase in the volume of the heces and the intestinal movements, being an excellent option for those who suffer from stress.

In addition, it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, so it could also help prevent the emergence of stomach ulcers.

4. It could help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar

As it is rich in fiber and antioxidants such as vitamin A, C and polyphenols, anona (both fruit and vegetables) it can help reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar, helping to prevent heart disease and diabetes .

5. Combat premature aging of the skin

As it is rich in vitamin A and C, the regular consumption of pineapple helps to combat premature aging, as well as acting as potent antioxidants, vitamin C promotes the formation of collagen, a protein responsible for giving firmness and elasticity to the skin, in addition to favoring the healing of the heridases.

6. Reduce tiredness

The anona for being rich in vitamin B9 (folic acid) helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue, as it stimulates the production of blood and cells that transport oxygen in the body, being also an excellent option for people suffering from anemia .

Check out other foods rich in B9.

7. It could have an anticancer effect

Some scientific studies carried out on animals indicate that the anona could have anti-tumor properties, thanks to its bioactive compound, which is the anonaine and its content of antioxidants, which include polyphenols and alkaloids.

8. Decrease blood pressure

According to a scientific study carried out on animals, the extracts from the seeds of anona showed that they produce the relaxation of blood vessels, increasing circulation and favoring the reduction of blood pressure. In addition, it provides potassium, a mineral that increases the excretion of sodium in the urine, reducing the tension.

See what to eat to lower blood pressure.

Nutritional composition of the anona

In the table below, the nutritional components are indicated for each 100 g of custard apple:

components Quantity per 100 g of custard apple
Energy 82 calories
proteins 1.7 g
thanks 0.4 g
carbohydrates 16.8 g
fibers 2.4 g
Vitamin A 1 mcg
Vitamin B1 0.1 mg
Vitamin B2 0.11 mg
Vitamin B3 0.9 mg
Vitamin B6 0.2 mg
Vitamin B9 5 mcg
Vitamin C 17 mg
potassium 240 mg
calcium 6 mg
Phosphor 31 mg
Magnesium 23 mg

It is important to mention that to obtain all the benefits mentioned above, the anona must be included in a balanced and healthy diet.

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