Susumba has a plethora of health benefits.
Susumber, also known as the Turkey Berry or 'Susumba' in Jamaica, is scientifically known as Solanum Torvum.
Gully Bean, Plate Brush, Devils Fig, Pea Eggplant, Bhankatiya, Pea Aubergine, Wild Eggplant, and many other names have been given to the berry. It is native to Central and South America, but it can also be found in India, Africa, China, Thailand, the Caribbean, and parts of the United States.
It can be found in a variety of habitats across the tropics and subtropics. It thrives in warm, moist, fertile conditions, but it can withstand drought once established by shedding its leaves. This plant can be found on vacant land, roadside ditches, pastures, river banks, and other similar locations.
Susumber is a thin, erect perennial shrub that grows two to three metres tall and has a diameter of two centimeters. It is sparingly armed and densely pubescent with numerous gray stellate hairs. It thrives in broad sunlight and performs well in light shade or partial shade, but it cannot survive beneath a dense forest canopy. It is drought tolerant and adaptable to a variety of soil types.
Susumber is a bitter fruit that is commonly used in household meals. Aside from that, the 'gully beans' are supposed to have some incredible therapeutic properties, which are listed below:
1. Anticancer Protection
Susumber is antibacterial, antifungal, and aids in the prevention of excessive cell growth, making it useful in the fight against cancer. Turkey Berry extract has been shown in studies to help protect against lung cancer.
2. Diabetic Treatment
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which a person's blood sugar level rises to dangerously high levels. To reduce blood sugar, dried powdered berries are added to meals.
3. Indigestion and diarrhea treatment
Gully beans are beneficial for digestion and can assist with indigestion, stomachaches, diarrhea, and other digestive issues when consumed on a regular basis. These berries have the ability to neutralize stomach acid, making them useful in the treatment of gastric ulcers.
4. Cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention
Saponins, flavonoids, torvosides, alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, cholorogenome, and other antioxidants found in turkey berries assist to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. The powdered dried berries can help decrease blood pressure and prevent heart attacks. As a result, having fresh or dried turkey berry in your diet will help you avoid cardiovascular illnesses and strokes.
5. Pain, redness, and gout prevention
The berries aid in the removal of uric acid, so assisting in the prevention or reduction of gout discomfort, redness, and symptoms. Susumba leaves also contain soasoline, a potent anti-inflammatory and natural steroid that is beneficial for arthritis, lower back discomfort and swelling, and general pain. Inflammation is the initial step toward all diseases, hence sumber is essential for good health.
6. Cold and flu prevention and treatment
Aside from its health benefits, turkey berries are also supposed to aid in the prevention and treatment of colds and flu. To get rid of cold and flu symptoms, make a soup with the berries and eat it frequently.
7. Phlegm and mucus treatment
Turkey berries might help you get rid of phlegm and mucus by adding them to your normal diet. Dry the berries and grind them into a powder to help dry up mucus and relieve asthma, coughing, and lung inflammation.
8. Kidney disease prevention and treatment
According to Dr. Paul Haider, research reveals that the berries can help prevent and treat kidney illness, as well as reverse tubular necrosis and glomerular congestion, making them essential for renal disease treatment.
9. Keep menstruation in check
Consumption of turkey berries on a daily basis helps to regulate menstruation and hence promotes regular menstrual periods. As a result, anyone suffering from menstrual troubles can use turkey berry in their normal diet to alleviate all of the problems that come with it.
10. Anaemia Treatment
Turkey berries are high in iron, which is helpful in the treatment of anemia. They promote the formation of red blood cells. Aside from that, berries can be added to soups and taken on a daily basis to help the body produce more red blood cells.
11. Helps to keep intestinal worms at bay.
Regular consumption of the berries can assist to prevent the growth of worms in the intestine. For a better effect, dried and powdered berries can be put to gravies and eaten.