Sabers: the health benefits of the Israeli saber
The cactus fruit may look intimidating, but once you get past its spiky exterior, it yields a delicious, nutrient-rich fruit.
Here are all the reasons to add it to the menu
Sunday, August 14, 2022, 06:58 Updated: 07:58
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An Israeli saber that many people don't put in their mouths.
Sabers (Photo: ShutterStock)
Prickly and spiky on the outside, delicious and juicy on the inside.
The common saber, also known as sabers, is actually a type of cactus, but we have turned it into the ultimate Israeli fruit.
And although it symbolizes us so much, few choose to eat it, most of them probably just don't want to get involved with the thorns, which is a shame.
Besides being a symbolic fruit for us Israelis, sabers are also extremely healthy, and here are all the reasons to add them to the menu:
full of vitamins
sabers contain a high amount of vitamin C, in addition to vitamin K and E and minerals such as copper, beta carotene, potassium, calcium and especially magnesium which helps the system The muscles and nerves function well.
In addition, it contains a respectable amount of selenium, which helps the body regulate thyroid hormones and supports the immune system.
Three surprising Sabers recipes
It's not just that it's good for jams and marmalades.
Marmalade Sabers (Photo: Nimrod Saunders)
Maintains normal cholesterol
Sabers is a fruit rich in pectin, so it is great for various concoctions.
Pectin has a property that creates a gel that binds bile acids and cholesterol and encourages their excretion out of the body.
Good for digestion
Sabers contain a very high amount of dietary fiber (one cup provides a fifth of the recommended amount of fiber) They contain soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which are important for healthy digestion.
The fibers help not only to feel full for a long time, but speed up the activity of the digestive system, prevent constipation and bloating.
In addition, thanks to the content of betaine and potassium.
Potassium helps food to be absorbed better, while betalains are anti-inflammatory and help protect the digestive system.
Just make sure you don't eat too much of the seeds of the fruit which can cause constipation.
Rich in antioxidants
The molecules that give the fruit its red or yellow-orange color are actually very powerful antioxidants.
In addition to them, the fruit contains antioxidants such as talains, polyphenols and flavonoids that help prevent oxidative damage caused by free radicals and may lead to diseases.
Helps Prevent Fatty Liver
Sabers has historically been used to treat liver problems, and some modern research supports this idea.
It is believed that the antioxidant compounds in sabers help protect against inflammation and oxidative stress that can damage the liver.
One study in obese rats found that eating sabers may protect against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, in part by reducing oxidative stress.
Another study in mice suggested that saber juice helps prevent liver damage caused by chronic alcohol consumption by improving the amount of antioxidants that help prevent alcohol-induced damage.
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