Young scientist discovered aratiles as cured for diabetes

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The Aratiles fruit is small and about the size of a blueberry. Juicy and somewhat gelatinous inside. This fruit is currently making rounds on the internet because of a student (scientist) from Iloilo.

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She recently discovered that this cotton candy flavored fruit has a potential of curing diabetes. This 16-year-old scientist brought her discovery to 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

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The young scientist identified as Maria Isabel Layson of Iloilo National High School (INHS) attends Special Science Class.

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Layson’s research looked into the anti-diabetic component of the fruit locally known as sarisa.

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She also discovered bioactive compounds like anthocyanin, flavonoid and polyphenol in the oft ignored fruit. These components may be useful as a cure for diabetes.

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She was one of the declared winners in 2019 2019 National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) back in February.

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Layson was included in the 12 representatives of the Philippines to compete in the world’s largesr pre-college science research contest.

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The Department of Education (DepEd) then hosted a send-off ceremony, in which Layson was one of the recognized individuals by Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Young Scientist Award.

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Diabetes is also one of the top causes of death around the world. That’s why Layson pursued her study of the disease.

The Aratiles fruit then caught the young scientist’s attention after noticing it just laying around. Plus it is also ‘locally available’ and is full of anti-oxidants.

Manila Papers