SBS MEDICINE OR MYTH?
Chris from Rubyberry® appeared on the first show of ‘Medicine or Myth?’
Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo lead a panel of Doctors, including Family & Women’s Health Expert, Dr Ginni Mansberg and Associate Professor in Immunology, Ashraful Haque.
Chris demonstrated Miracle fruit to the panel and discussed its benefits for people whose taste has been altered after undergoing medical treatment.
The experts explored the stories and claims behind each remedy. Miracle fruit was one remedy chosen for a trial conducted by National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM).
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ABC LANDLINE STORY
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Miracle BeRRY (Synsepalum dulcificum)
Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a plant native to West Africa.
It was described as the 'miraculous berry’ by British Surgeon Dr. William Freeman Daniell in the 1852 April edition of The Pharmaceutical Journal.
The taste-modifying activity of Miracle fruit was used by the West Africans who consumed the fruit before eating food which had started to sour, or before drinking fermented sour palm wine.
HOW MIRACLE FRUIT WORKS
Miracle fruit contains Miraculin, a glycoprotein that binds to the sweet receptors on the tongue – a property that’s potentially helpful for people whose sense of taste has been disturbed for any reason (e.g. after medical treatment).
Miracle fruit is highly perishable. Once picked, the fruit may only last 2 to 3 days depending on temperature. Freshly picked fruit can be frozen and stored for 3 to 4 weeks. Freeze-drying is the only method that allows Miraculin to be preserved for commercial shelf-life.
Miraculin's duration of benefit may be reduced if it is taken with meals that are hot in temperature or contain highly acidic ingredients.
WHERE ARE THEY GROWN?
Miracle fruit seeds were introduced to Australia in 1978 by a rare fruit orchardist. Today, the rare trees are grown by fruit enthusiasts and are found predominantly in tropical Queensland. On a global scale, there are very few Miracle fruit farms with only a handful of farms growing the trees for commercial use.