Why wild African fruits can supplement low protein staple foods

Wild fruits from Southern Africa show good potential to supplement diets with the building blocks of protein. Researchers from the University of Johannesburg studied 14 species. Two of the fruits contain several essential amino acids. All exceed the RDA for lysine. People can only obtain lysine from their food or supplements. Healthy development in children requires lysine. Maintaining a robust immune function also needs it, especially against viruses.The research is published in Plants. Credit: Photos by Prof Ben-Erik van Wyk, University of Johannesburg. Photos by users JMK and SAplants at Wikimedia Commons with CC BY-SA 4.0 licences. Graphic design
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