Friday, June 16, 2006

Health Benefits of Upo

Upo is one of the commonest vegetables raised in the Philippines. The fresh is white and soft. It is boiled and seasoned or used in stews or with fish. Dalziel reports that in West Tropical Africa the young shoots and leaves are used as a vegetable.

The dry shell of the fruit in its various forms is used for domestic utensils, bowls, bottles, floats, pipes, blowing horns, musical instruments, etc. the shell of half the fruit is made into a hat. Analyses of the fruit show that it is a good source of iron, calcium, and phosphorus. According to Hermano and Sepulveda it is also a good source of vitamin B.

Wehmer records that the fruit contains sugar 6 per cent, and the seeds, fixed oil. Greshoff sorts the presence of saponin in the seeds.

The fruit is official in Portuguese (3) and Spanish (2-4) Pharmacopieas; and the seeds are included in the French (1-4) and Swedish (1-4) Pharmacopieas.

Guerrero reports that in Gold Coast, the young shoots and leaves are used medicinally for enema.

The pulp is occasionally employed as an adjunct to purgatives and is also used as ingredient in various confections; it is useful in coughs, and as an altitude to certain poisons. Externally the pulp is applied as a poultice and cooling application to the shaved head in delirium, and to the soles in burning of the feet.

The seeds yield clear, limpid oil, which is used as an emollient application to the head and as a means of relieving headache. This oil is also administered internally. Greshoof says that the seeds are used as an anthelmintic.

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AGRI-KALUSUGAN/JUNE 16, 2006


TITLE: HEALTH BENEFITS OF UPO

ALAM BA NINYO NA ANG UPO AY MAYAMAN SA MGA SUSTANSIYANG IRON, CALCIUM AT PHOSPHOROUS AT MAGING NG VITAMIN B?

ANG MAGANDA PA NITO MAGING ANG KANYANG MURANG TANGKAY O DAHON AY MAAARING GAMIT SA SAKIT NA ENEMA.

ANG PINAKALAMAN NITO AY MAARING GAMITIN BILANG PAMURGA AT GINAGAMIT DIN BILANG SANGKAP SA IBAT-IBANG CONFECTIONS.

MAAARI DIN ITONG GAMITIN LABAN SA UBO AT MAAARI DING PANLABAN SA LASO. ANG EXTRACT OIL MULA SA BUTO NG UPO AY MAAARING GAMITIN PARA IMASAHE SA ULO SA PANAHONG INAATAKE NG PANANAKIT O HEADACHE.

ANG SEEDS AY MAAARI DING GAMITIN BILANG ANTHELMINTIC.

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