Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a berry born on a small shrub native to Ghana, Africa. The fruit contains a unique glycoprotein called miraculin that alters the signals sent to the brain from the taste receptors. The effects are experienced by moving the pleasant tasting fruit over the tongue and then discarding the seed. For up to an hour all bitter and sour flavors will be masked and most items consumed will taste sweet. The fruit are commonly used as a novelty, but they are also valuable for medicinal and dietary purposes as well.
Miracle Fruit helps mask the metallic flavor food gets after a chemo treatment, thereby acting somewhat like an appetite stimulant. By inhibiting that intense metallic flavor the overwhelming sense of nausea and aversion to food diminishes. Chemo patients are able to enjoy a simple meal after using a Miracle Fruit, and this can help improve quality of life, reverse unwanted weight loss, and help speed recovery.
Miracle Fruit can help diabetics and dieters naturally reduce their sugar intake without sacrificing their favorite foods, drinks, or desserts. It is not an artificial sweetener. It is an all natural way to enjoy sweet flavors and keep blood glucose levels in the target range without the risk of overloading with unwanted carbohydrates.