Chrysobalanus icaco Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
coco-plum

Chrysobalanus icaco, the cocoplum, Paradise Plum and icaco, is found near sea beaches and inland throughout the tropical Americas and the Caribbean, and in southern Florida and the Bahamas. The inland subspecies is Chrysobalanus icaco pellocarpus.

Chrysobalanus icaco

Medical use

Economic importance of Chrysobalanus icaco

Human food fruit

Gallery

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Geografical distribution

  • AFRICA
    Native
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Zaire
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin; Cote D'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Zambia
    Naturalized
    • Western Indian Ocean: Seychelles
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Naturalized
    • Indo-China: Vietnam
    • Malesia: Singapore
  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • Mexico
  • PACIFIC
    Naturalized
    • South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia - Marquesas Islands, Society Islands
    • Southwestern Pacific: Fiji
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Bahamas; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Puerto Rico; Trinidad and Tobago
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Brazil: Brazil - Alagoas, Amapa, Bahia, Ceara, Espirito Santo, Maranhao, Para, Paraiba, Piaui, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
    • Western South America: Colombia; Ecuador

Biological activities

Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Allergenic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Analgesic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
AntiAGE
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
AntiCFS
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
AntiCTS
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
AntiLyme
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
AntiPMS
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antiacne
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiaggregant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiaging
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiallergic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antialzheimeran
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antiasthmatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiatherosclerotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antibacterial
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Anticancer
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Anticarcinomic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Anticataract
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Anticervicaldysplasic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Anticold
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Anticoronary
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antidecubitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antidementia
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antidepressant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antieczemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiedemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiencephalitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiendometriotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antifatigue
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antifibrotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antigallstone
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antigastritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antigingivitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiglaucomic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antihangover
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antihemorrhagic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antihepatitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antihepatotoxic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiherpetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antihistaminic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antihyperkeratotic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antihypertensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antiichythyotic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiinfertility
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antilepric
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antileukoplakic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antilipoperoxidant
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antilithic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antilupus
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antimaculitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antimastitic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antimeasles
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antimenopausal
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antimigraine
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antimutagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antineuramidase
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antinitrosic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiobesity
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antiorchitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiosteoarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiosteoporotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antioxidant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiozenic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antipapillomic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiparkinsonian
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiparotitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiperiodontitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antiphotophobic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antipityriasic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antipneumonic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antipodriac
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antipoliomyelitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiporphyric
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiproliferant
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antipsoriac
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antipyretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiradicular
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiretinotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antirheumatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antirhinitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiscorbutic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antiseptic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antishingles
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antistress
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antisyndrome-X
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Antitumor
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiulcer
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Antiviral
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Antixerophthalmic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Apoptotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Asthma-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-Glucuronidase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
COX-1-Inhibitor
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
COX-2-Inhibitor
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Calcium-Antagonist
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Cardioprotective
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Chemopreventive
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Cold-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Collagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Colorant
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Detoxicant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Diuretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Fistula-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Gastroprotective
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Hypotensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Immunomodulator
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Interferon-Synergist
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Interferonogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Laxative
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Lithogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Mucogenic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Mucolytic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Pesticide
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Phagocytotic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Prooxidant
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Thymoprotective
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Ubiquiot
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (5 ppm)
Uricosuric
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Urinary-Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Vasodilator
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2775 ppm)
Vulnerary
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1420 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Ascorbic-acid Fruit 90 1,420
Ash Fruit 4,000 58,000
Beta-carotene Fruit 0.7 5
Calcium Fruit 290 2,775
Carbohydrates Fruit 124,000 916,000
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]