High School Student From The Philippines Wins International Science Award For Her Discovery Of Wonder Fruit That Can Cure Diabetes

By Jess Murray

She is also among the 12 deserving candidates invited to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She will represent her country, the Philippines, in perhaps the largest competitions for pre-college students in the field of scientific research. She is the first from her group to be honored with the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Young Scientist Award.

Maria’s study, which she did independently, was titled “Bioactive Component, Antioxidant Activity, and Antidiabetic Properties of Muntingia calabura Linn. An In Vitro Study”. It is in this study that she has come upon the possibility of this fruit as a cure for diabetes. She has presented an in-depth study of Aratiles as a permanent cure for type 2 diabetes. This fruit grows naturally all over her country.

This fruit is a very inexpensive method to combat diabetes, she says. Every part of the Aratiles tree is edible including the leaves, branches, and flowers and is helpful in combating the disease as they all consist of antioxidants that help cure diabetes.

Diabetes or diabetes mellitus is a silent killer. This metabolic disease causes a spike in blood sugar levels. This is because the body does not make sufficient insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin made by the body. This hormone helps to move sugar from the blood to the cells where it is stored as energy. If diabetes is left untreated it can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves and a host of other body organs.

Aratiles is also found in many countries and is known as Panama berry, bolaina yamanaza, Jamaican Cherry, Singapore cherry, and many other names. In the Philippines alone it is known by several other names such as kerson, datiles, manzanitas, etc.

Maria discovered that although the plant has been studied for more than 2 decades, its full potential has not been realized. She went several times to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute Laboratory and eventually discovered that the Aratiles fruit is a rich source of antioxidants and can be used to effectively prevent type 2 diabetes through the prevention of postprandial hyperglycemia.


Jess Murray is a wildlife conservationist and writer who has spent a lot of time working and studying in South Africa. She is now striving to spread awareness about global conservation issues and the truth behind faux conservation facilities throughout the world. Read More stories by Jess Murray

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