MIRACLE FRUIT

OTHER NAME(S):

Agbayun, Bakeriella dulcifica, Bumelia dulcifica, Fruit Miracle, Fruit Miraculeux, Fruta Milagrosa, Magic Berry, Miracle Berry, Miraculin, Miraculous Berry, Richadellla dulcifica, Sideroxylon dulcificum, Synsepalum dulcificum, Sweet Berry, Uni.

Overview

Overview Information

Miracle fruit is an evergreen shrub that grows in West Africa. The berry, leaf, and seed oil are used as medicine.

People use miracle fruit for diabetes, obesity, taste disturbances in people treated with cancer drugs, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods, miracle fruit is used as a low-calorie sugar-free sweetener.

Don't confuse miracle fruit with aloe (miracle fruit), gymnema (miracle plant), and jiaogulan (miracle grass).

How does it work?

Miracle fruit contains a chemical that affects taste receptors in the tongue. This chemical makes the tongue register sour tastes as sweet tastes. The chemical itself has no taste at all. Miracle fruit also contains chemicals that might lower levels of blood sugar.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Diabetes.
  • Obesity.
  • Taste disturbances in people treated with cancer drugs.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of miracle fruit for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if miracle fruit is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if miracle fruit is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if miracle fruit is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Miracle fruit might lower your blood sugar. As a result, your diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for MIRACLE FRUIT Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of miracle fruit depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for miracle fruit. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Bartoshuk LM, Gentile RL, Molkowitz HR, Meiselman HL. Sweet taste induced by miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum). Physiol Behav 1974;12:449-56. View abstract.
  • Giroux EL, Henkin RI. Purification and some properties of miraculin, a glycoprotein from Synsepalum dulcificum which provokes sweetness and blocks sourness. J Agric Food Chem 1974;22:595-601. View abstract.
  • Gorin S, Wakeford C, Zhang G, et al. Beneficial effects of an investigational wristband containing Synsepalum dulcificum (miracle fruit) seed oil on the performance of hand and finger motor skills in healthy subjects: A randomized controlled preliminary study. Phytother Res 2018;32(2):321-32. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5980. View abstract.
  • Inglett GE. A history of sweeteners--natural and synthetic. J Toxicol Environ Health 1976;2:207-14. View abstract.
  • Kant R. Sweet proteins--potential replacement for artificial low calorie sweeteners. Nutr J 2005;4:5. View abstract.
  • Obafemi TO, Olaleye MT, Akinmoladun AC. Antidiabetic property of miracle fruit plant (Synsepalum dulcificum Shumach. & Thonn. Daniell) leaf extracts in fructose-fed streptozotocin-injected rats via anti-inflammatory activity and inhibition of carbohydrate metabolizing enzymes. J Ethnopharmacol. 2019;244:112124. View abstract.

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