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Benefits of Custard Apple
Custard apple, is a common name for a fruit, and the tree which bears it, Annona reticulata.

1. Custard Apple
Custard Apple is a sweet fruit, which is widely grown across the world. The fruit is compound in nature, measuring 3? to 6? inches (816 cm) in diameter. The shape of the fruit may be symmetrically heartshaped, lopsided, or irregular. It may be nearly round or oblate, with a deep or shallow depression at the base. The skin or covering of custard apple is thin but tough, which is usually yellow or brownish when ripe.

2. Description
Custard apple is a tropical branched tree or shrub, indigenous to the Amazon rainforest. It grows around 3 meters to 8 meters in length. The leaves are thin and oblong, while the flowers are greenish yellow. The conical fruit, with a purple knobby skin, is very sweet and eaten fresh or can be used for milkshakes, ice creams and even sherbets. The fruit is juicy and creamywhite and looks like a giant raspberry. The plant is native to both America and India. It is popularly known as andSharifaand in India.

3. History
The native of custard apple is said to be West Indies, but the fruit was carried through Central America to southern Mexico. For a long time, the custard apple was grown and naturalized in countries like Peru and Brazil. Evidence suggests that these fruits have been cultivated in the Bahamas, Bermuda and southern Florida. This fruit quickly spread across tropical Africa around the 17th century and was grown in South Africa as a dooryard fruit tree. In India, the custard apple was prevalent in parts of Kolkata.

4. Healthy Skin and Hair
Custard apple is great for healthy skin, healthy hair and better eyesight. It plays a role in moisturisation and antiaging. The creamy flesh or pulp can be used as a balm to treat boils and ulcers. The outer skin of custard apple is helpful in combating against tooth decay and gum pain.

5. HyperThyroidism
Custard apples are good for those who need to gain weight. mixture of honey and custard apple when consumed regularly will help add on the required weight and those much required calories. All in the healthy way.

6. During Pregnancy
Custard apple helps develop the brain, nervous system and immune system of a fetus effectively. Regular consumption of custard apple also reduces the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy and minimizes the extent of labor pain during childbirth. The pregnancywonder fruit also helps the expectant mother to cope with morning sickness, fight nausea, numbness and mood swings. Regular consumption during pregnancy is excellent for production of breast milk.

7. Prevents Asthma
Custard apple is rich in vitamin B6, which help reduce the bronchial inflammation and help prevent asthmatic attacks. The fruit is also rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, niacin and potassium. Many find it tiring to eat the superseeded fruit. This article will change your mind.

8. Prevents Heart Attacks
The magnesium content in custard apples helps defend the heart from cardiac attack and can help relax the muscles. Moreover, vitamin B6 in custard apples help prevent homocystein collection which also minimize the risk of heart diseases.

9. Aids Digestion
Custard apple is rich in copper and dietary fibre, which helps assist digestion, help ease bowel movement and relives from constipation. Sun dried custard apple pulp can be crushed into powder and consumption of the powder with water will help heal diarrhea.

10. Excellent for Diabetics
The abundance of dietary fiber in custard apple helps slow down the absorption of sugar and reduces the risk of developing type2 diabetes. It's important to include this fruit in your diet, as the copper content helps to cure constipation, and helps to treat diarrhoea and dysentery.

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Benefits of Custard Apple

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