The Health Benefits of Sapote Oil
Sapote oil is pressed from the seeds of the mamey sapote, a fruit tree that is native to South America. Clinical tests prove that sapote oil is an effective oil to stop hair loss, promote hair growth and ideal for dermatitis. Excellent oil for the maintenance of a healthy skin and hair, this oil is rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, proteins, amino acids, fatty acids and minerals like iron, potassium and calcium. The oil is described as having an “almond-like odour” and a “mild, pleasant taste”, and is also used as cooking oil in some tropical countries. It is great for those that suffer from dry, itchy scalp or skin conditions such as eczema and dandruff.
It is light, non-greasy, vitamin-rich oil that helps balance sebum production – which can help those with excessively oily or excessively dry scalps. Its fruit is oval shaped, similar to a football, and is 3-8 inches in length. The sapote skin is thick, woody, and brown in color, and its flesh has an orange-reddish tint. The mamey sapote fruit has a large dark brown seed that yields 45 to 60% of a thick semi-solid. This oil is very conditioning to the hair and skin.
“In Santo Domingo, the seed kernel oil is used as a skin ointment and as a hair dressing believed to stop falling hair. In Mexico, two or three pulverized kernels are combined with 10 oz (300 g) castor oil for application to the hair. In 1970, clinical tests at the University of California at Los Angeles failed to reveal any hair-growth promoting activity but confirmed that the oil of Sapote seed is effective in stopping hair-fall caused by seborrheic dermatitis.”
Mamey sapote fills you up, and helps delay the onset of hunger. According to the USDA, roughly 30 percent of the fruit’s carbohydrates come from starch. These complex carbohydrates contribute to long-term satiety because they take longer to digest. More significantly, mamey sapote is a high-fiber food that offers substantial amounts of both types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Its insoluble fiber takes up space in your stomach to help you feel fuller on fewer calories, while its soluble fiber slows the rate at which digested food exits your stomach.
The oil is also employed as a sedative in the eye and ear ailments. The seed residue after oil extraction is applied as a poultice on painful skin afflictions.