Synsepalum dulcificum (commonly known as miracle fruit or miracle berry) is a plant native of West Africa and known for its berry that, when eaten, causes foods to alter its taste, specially turning sour foods such as lemons and limes into sweet taste1 . This effect is due to a unique glycoprotein called the miraculin that binds to the tongue’s taste buds, causing the activation of sweet perception and inhibiting the tongue’s taste of sour flavors while maintaining a neutral pH in the mouth2. This effect lasts until the protein is washed away by saliva.
Dr. Cusnir conducted a clinical trial using fresh Miracle berries in patients with taste alterations. A very common side-effect produced by strong medications is the bitter and metallic tastes within the mouth.
The berries mask these unpleasant types of taste, motivating users to eat better and therefore obtaining the necessary nutrition.3
The fruit is commonly used as a novelty, but it is also valuable for medicinal and dietary purposes4. This berry has a very low sugar content preventing the alteration of the glycemic index specially in diabetic people. Miracle Fruit can help diabetics and dieters naturally reduce or even eliminate 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.
Testimonials: “I took one or two; thirty minutes before each meal. Miracle of miracles, they worked! I was able to taste & enjoy food again! I was able to eat and slowly began gaining my normal weight back. I am convinced that these berries were the only thing that got me through my chemotherapy. These berries are truly a “Miracle Fruit” that can benefit many patients suffering the side effects of chemotherapy.”
Connie, Ohio – “courtesy of the Miracle Fruit Farm”
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 and started treatment in April. During the summer I lost my taste buds and developed a metallic taste, taking away any desire for food. I used the fruit as directed to coat my tongue shortly before meals. It worked beautifully! I wanted to let you know how much of an improvement it made in how food tasted and my quality of life. Thanks for making a difference when I needed it the most.”
Leila, Maryland – “courtesy of the Miracle Fruit Farm”
“Going through chemotherapy is not a piece of cake and anything that helps you get through all of the various side effects is a blessing. Fortunately, I do not have the horrible side effect of nausea nor the metallic taste that so many chemo patients complain of that makes it difficult to eat. I have been using the Miracle Fruit to get down the nasty prednisone pills that had been leaving a very bitter taste in my mouth for a couple of hours. I no longer dread taking these pills since the Miracle Fruit removes all of that bitter aftertaste right away.”
Candy, Florida – “courtesy of the Miracle Fruit Farm”
1 J Physiol. 1983 Apr;337:221-40.
The sweetness-inducing effect of miraculin; behavioural and neurophysiological experiments in the rhesus monkey Macaca mulatta. Brouwer JN, Glaser D, Hard Af Segerstad C, Hellekant G, Ninomiya Y, Van der Wel H.
2 Koizumi, A.; A. Tsuchiya, K.-i. Nakajima, K. Ito, T. Terada, A. Shimizu-Ibuka, L. Briand, T. Asakura, T. Misaka, K. Abe (2011). “Human sweet taste receptor mediates acid-induced sweetness of miraculin”.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 (40): 16819–16824. doi:10.1073/pnas.1016644108. ISSN 0027-8424. PMID 21949380.
4Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2012 Oct;16(5):E173-7.
Pilot study of “miracle fruit” to improve food palatability for patients receiving chemotherapy. Wilken MK1, Satiroff BA.