This is part 2 of our story on exotic fruit of Meghalaya, Sohphie, often misspelt as Sophie.
In the first part, you read about how Sohphie is a seasonal fruit of Meghalaya and found in abundance between April and July. You also read about its tangy taste.
Sohphie is more than just a local fruit of Meghalaya – it is a treasure chest of natural remedies.
Let us tell you about the medicinal properties of Sohphie.
Not only is Sohphie deliciously lip-smacking, but it's also packed with phytochemicals with many healing properties.
Local healers of Meghalaya and elsewhere are experts in making the best use of the medical properties of Sohphie and its tree.
They use different parts of the tree for different healing purposes, having learnt the art from their ancestors.
The juice of Sohphie, of course, is like first-aid to expel bacteria and ulcers that trouble the intestines and also to rid it of parasitic worms.
There are other medicinal properties of Sophie, an exotic fruit of Meghalaya and its tree.
The bark relieves toothaches as well as freshens the mouth when chewed. Dried and powdered Sophie fights dysentery and a decoction of it cleans rotting sores. Bark paste and leaf paste dull headaches, heals wounds, and relieves joint pains and paralysis.
Here are some ways folk healers use different parts of the Sohphie tree as a remedy:
The Myrica tree's medicinal uses are also known in the ancient medical systems of Ayurveda and Unani. If you use Ayurvedic formulations such as Chwayanprash and Brahmarasayam you'll find fruits and bark of the tree are some of the ingredients.
As a food, sohphie, an exotic fruit of Meghalaya, contain a wealth of nutrients that are sure to support health and ward off diseases.
Come to think of it: it’s more of a leisure food than a main dietary item. Munching the fruits alone feels like you’re freshening up the mouth. They do a fine job busting the stomach of bugs and ulcers.
Not to speak of that good and satisfying feeling after you’re done eating!
So what do you get, nutrient-wise? If consumed in adequate amounts, Sohphie has enough to protect us against diseases that may result from malnutrition. The table below tells you:
The juices of the two Sohphie types and another fruit, Sohshang (also famous in Meghalaya) can be effective in alleviating kidney diseases. The animals on which tests were performed showed that the juices efficiently kept their kidneys healthy.
The juices, the researchers found out, outperformed the standard kidney drug, Cystone, and that too without any toxic effects!
It's because of phenolic and flavonoid compounds, according to findings in this research.
They make up the major phyto or plant chemicals which give the fruits their natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
In effect, phenolics and flavonoids, because of their radical scavenging activity and ferric reducing antioxidant power, react with radical elements in the body and effectively:
In conclusion, when you consume Sohphie you not only enjoy its pleasing taste, you also boot out the illness-causing free radicals from your body!
You know, we go to great lengths to complicate our lives when all we need are simple things. Like the foods we eat, for instance. The story you read today is one of simplifying life by eating natural and simple.
At Zizira, we bring you real stories and real, natural products from Meghalaya. The aim is to make life more liveable for you so you're more attuned to nature.
So, if you need to stay healthy in mind and body and spirit you need to walk along with nature. You'll find some of nature’s treasures in our region, like Sohphie, the exotic local fruit of Meghalaya. Our products are guaranteed to bring you undiluted satisfaction with a genuine promise of pure, unadulterated quality.
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