Ice palm is a seasonal fruit that grows on the sugar palm tree and looks like litchi. It is lovely in taste and has cooling properties. One can find it readily available in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
Benefits of Ice Apple:
It is a low-calorie fruit rich in calcium and phytonutrients and contains fibre, protein, vitamin C, A, E, K, B7 and iron.
- Acts as a coolant in the body
It acts as an excellent cooling agent for the body, which naturally cools the body in the summer and regulates the temperature of the human body. It helps calm down the thirst and provides a significant amount of energy to stay active the whole day.
- Helps to maintain balance in the body
This fruit is packed with a significant amount of sodium and potassium minerals that help maintain the balance of electrolytes and fluid of the body. Therefore, ice apple is the best fruit to eat in summers as it prevents dehydration and fatigue in summer.
- Relieves constipation
Ice apple acts as an excellent natural remedy for stomach aches and digestive issues. It helps to relieve the constipation problem and promotes bowel movements. Ice apples also help reduce acidity and stomach ulcers problems, which eases minor stomach pains and nausea that mainly occur during pregnancy.
- Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
Ice apple contains numerous phytochemicals that possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are very beneficial in slowing down the process of ageing. In addition, ice apples reduce the risk of health problems such as cancer and other heart diseases.
- Helps to cure the skin problems
Ice apples help cure skin problems like skin rashes and prickly heat that are very common in summer. You can even apply the flesh of an ice apple on the affected areas because it helps relieve the itchiness and provides a soothing and cooling effect on the skin.
- Keeps the liver healthy
The fruit is loaded with potassium that helps in cleansing the toxins out of the body. It helps to promote the liver health
- Helps to lose weight
It is low in calories and contains so much liquid that can help you to lose weight. In addition, the presence of water in the ice apple can make you feel fuller for a more extended period.
- Strengthens hair
Ice apples prevent the dryness and dullness of the hair. In addition, consuming an ice apple in daily life can act as a natural conditioner that can help to strengthen the hair roots.
- Relieves the muscles
Ice apple contains magnesium and protein that helps to keep the muscles healthy. It can also reduce muscle cramps.
- Prevents urinary tract infections
Ice apple offers anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling in the bladder, which is more common in women than men. In addition, the antioxidant properties of ice apple help remove free radicals and harmful bacteria from the body that helps avoid oxidation of the healthy cells in the excretory system organs.