What Is a Miracle Berry?
Miracle berry (Synsepalum dulcificum) is an evergreen shrub that is native to tropical West Africa. Outside of the tropics, it is a houseplant that is also known as sweet berry and miracle fruit. This interesting plant bears attractive and edible red fruit that are to 1 inch long with a seed surrounded by fleshy pulp. The miracle that this fruit performs is to make everything taste sweet. When you eat the fruit and allow the pulp to coat the inside of your mouth, it masks the real taste of bitter foods for a few minutes to several hours, depending on how much fruit you eat. This includes foods that are normally very sour, such as vinegar or lemons. Scientists are still unsure of how the fruit alters a food s taste, but they think that it may have something to do with a protein with sugar molecules attached. The receptors on the taste buds seem to be temporarily altered when the fruit is eaten as a result of these molecules.
The Benefits Of Miracle Berry
Each miracle fruit berry contains only 1 calorie. In addition, you can take advantage of its taste-altering properties to modify the food you’re currently eating.
For example, you can remove sugar from sweet recipes such as key lime pie and strawberry shortcake. By removing sugar from your diet, you’re helping your body avoid gaining excess weight and improving your health in the long run.
Aside from helping you remove sugar from your food, miracle fruit itself may help improve your insulin sensitivity. In one study, researchers fed mice a fructose-rich diet for four weeks, and afterwards fed them miracle fruit three times a day for three days. After the study, the researchers noted that the mice had reversed their glucose-insulin index, suggesting that miracle fruit may help improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics.
Miracle fruit is suggested to have good antioxidant properties, which can help kill free radicals throughout your body. In one study, researchers identified 12 phenolics, along with other antioxidants, in miracle fruit. Most of the benefits come from its flesh, which has been found to inhibit the oxidation of the fatty acids in fish oil as well.
Use And Dosing
Miracle fruit contains a chemical that affects taste receptors in the tongue. This chemical makes the tongue register sour tastes as sweet tastes. The chemical itself has no taste at all.
The appropriate dose of miracle fruit depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for miracle fruit. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.