Artocarpus altilis (Breadfruit)
Artocarpus altilis more widely known throughout the tropical world Breadfruit is widely consumed as a food source yet is increasingly being used as a potent medicine. In Peru and Honduras tribes have used this versatile plant to treat headaches, joint pain, arthritis and gout. New World traders introduced Sarsaparilla into European medicine when it was found to be an effective general tonic and libido enhancer, especially good for male reproductive health. Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry and Jackfruit family (Moraceae) originating in the South Pacific and that was eventually spread to the rest of Oceania. British and French navigators introduced a few Polynesian seedless varieties to Caribbean islands during the late 18th century, and today it is grown in some 90 countries throughout South and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. Its name is derived from the texture of the moderately ripe fruit when cooked, similar to freshly baked bread; it has a potato-like flavor. Recent scientific research has demonstrated that the extract of this type of Breadfruit has potential anti-cancerous effects. Studies reveal that the cancer cells experienced apoptosis following treatment using the extract. Artocarpus was also found to be effective in reducing blood cholesterol levels and supporting weight loss.