Aratilis, Jamaica cherry, Panama berry, strawberry tree and Muntingia calabura are just some of the names of one and the same red berry that has many health benefits. Native to southern Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean, Philippines and Asia, aratilis is usually eaten raw and its leaves are used for tea.
Aratilis Health Benefits
Aratilis is packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, all essential to human health. It’s rich in fiber, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, iron and various antioxidants and flavonoids. Here are just some health benefits of this potent berry.
Thanks to its high antioxidant content, especially flavonoids with cytotoxic activity, aratilis has powerful anticancer properties. Several studies have found that flavonoid compounds that can be found not only in the aratilis fruit but leaves as well, inhibit the growth of cancer cells in vitro.
Aratilis is known for its anti-inflammatory and swelling-reducing properties. This is mostly due to its high flavonoid content, especially a flavone known as dihydrochalcone. To reduce a specific area of inflammation or just lower the overall body inflammation, a few of these red berries a day are recommended.
Promotes Brain Health
High in vitamins, minerals and various antioxidants, aratilis has been found to promote brain health and reduce the risk of brain diseases. Eating these little red berries can also improve memory, focus and sleep.
Thanks to its high amounts of phytochemicals with antimicrobial properties, including methanol, aratilis has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. Studies have shown that aratilis fights P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, B. subtilis, S. Typhimurium, Candida albicans, M. luteus, P. aeruginosa, B. Cereus and Fusarium sp.