More Kerson Fruit, Please!

Published on: 27/01/2020

Kerson fruit is now on the list of the newly discovered fruit trees that can remedy various diseases, especially its potentiality to cure type 2 diabetes.

Indeed, the Philippines is blessed with biodiversity. From flora to fauna, the abundance is truly overwhelming.

Take a walk outside and look at the growing trees in your backyard, you probably see a Muntingia calabura tree. 

Some call it, manzanitas (small apples), while others call it aratiles or sarisa. Some other names are Singapore cherry, Jamaican cherry, Panama berry, bolaina yama­naza, cacaniqua, capulín blanco, nigua, niguito, memizo, and Kerson fruit in English.


Muntingia calabura, is a fast-growing tree, 5 to 10 meters high, with spreading branches. Leaves are hairy and sticky. The fruit is a berry, rounded, about 1.5 centimeters in diameter, red on ripening, smooth, fleshy, sweet and many-seeded. We are very much familiar with apple, strawberry, grapes, orange and mango, but not with this fruit and its power to heal many known diseases.

By the year 2030, the Philippines has seen an increase in diabetes affliction, with the forecast placing the estimate at 7.8 million diabetic Filipinos. Recently, a teenager from Iloilo has discovered that this fruit has potential anti-diabetic components.

Moreover, there are other benefits that we can get from the oft-ignored fruit aside from its anti-diabetic components. Studies have shown antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, analgesic, cytotoxic, hepatoprotective, gastroprotective, cardioprotective, antibacterial, antiulcer, insecticidal, tyrosinase-inhibitory and antifungal properties.


Reduces Blood Pressure

You can make a tea out of this fruit and you will get a large amount of nitric oxide, a natural chemical that relaxes the blood vessels, helping the blood flow more smoothly in the body, hence reducing the pressure.


Lessens Uric Acid

The color of the Kerson fruit also has its purpose. Its deep red skin contains an antioxidant known as Anthocyanin, which is useful in lessening, or better yet, avoiding uric acid levels to rise.


Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

This fruit which has a tart cherry-like flavor has anti-bacterial components, making it a good source of antibacterial agents. Though the body has its own components that fight against bacteria, it also needs help or boosters to effectively avoid or fight bacteria.

Kerson fruit can also be a natural anti-inflammatory substance that helps in reducing swelling and inflammation of the joints in the body.


Relief From Gout

Gout is most common in men and can harm joints, tendons, and other tissues. Eating around 9 to 12 Kerson fruits in a day can give the person suffering from gout a great relief. So consuming this every day would mean not suffering pain brought about by gout.


Antioxidant Properties

Kerson fruit is full of antioxidants. It has 24 different flavonoids and phenolic compounds. Antioxidants are substances that protect the cells against the effects of free radicals. 


Potential Anti-cancer

Kerson tree is full of amazing capabilities to heal various diseases. From the fruits to its leaves, it is really a promising one. Research also shows that the leaves of the said tree have properties that act to reduce and prevent the growth of the cancerous tumors. However, further research is still needed to confirm its anti-cancer potential.  If proven by science, this tree would be another “tree of life”.

The next time you see the tree, you probably would shew all the birds that eat its fruits because you want to munch them all and say, “I want some more!”