Santol [Scientific name: Sandoricum koetjape]
A tropical fruit, santol is one of the favorite fruits of Filipinos. It is high in carbohydrates and contains some iron and calcium, including vitamin B6. An infusion of the fleshy portion of the fruit can be used for diarrhea. The folkloric literature indicates that the medicinal properties of santol are mostly in the bark and roots. Infusion of the bark and roots can be used as topical wash or if pounded, as poultice on wounds or bruises. Infusion of the leaves can also be used for diarrhea and as tonic. A study had reported that the fruit can yield an active substance capable of inhibiting DNA polymerase beta.Â DNA polymerase beta is an enzyme thatÂ is believed to be linked with the development of cancer.
Since santol is found almost everywhere, get your dose of anti-cancer in santol. Traditionally, you can prepare a santol drink. Before you eat the fleshy portion of the seeds (please do not swallow the seeds), peel the fruit and and finely chop the fleshy portion of the fruit, add honey and water and you have a refreshing santol drink, just like your grandmother used to take. By the way, this is a natural source of vitamin C.