Article from the Tropical Fruit News magazine of the Miami Rare Fruit Council International
by Ed Kraujalis

Miracle Fruit and Chemotherapy

From September 1994 to January 1995 I have undergone extensive chemotherapy to destroy a fast growing lympphoblastic lymphoma. I am thrilled to report that the treatment has been very success full and I am expected to make a full and complete recovery.

After each chemotherapy treatment, for a period of about two weeks, my taste buds were way off when trying to eat food. Foods that were a treat to eat just days before the chemo tasted bland, with a foreign, disagreeable flavor. My favorite, pizza, for example, tasted terrible and rubbery.

During my initial three-week hospital stay, I commented on how awful the hospital food was, but now in hindsight, it was the six chemotherapy chemicals inside me causing the taste problem. Enter ''Miracle Fruit" (llove that name) - Synsepalum dulcificum. Most rare fruit collectors are familiar with this small red fruit. Taste one for about a minute, and sour fruits, such as lime, will then taste sweet! This super sweetener has great potential as a sugar substitute, but I am writing this article to personally report to all readers of TFNews that this fruit could have therapeutic value for some or possible all chemotherapy patients in restoring partial taste bud awareness, while also giving the mouth a much more pleasant flavor for several hours.

Instead of a metallic, chemical mouth taste which, for me, lingered for the entire two week period after my chemotherapy, 1 could chew a miracle fruit about every three hours, and enjoy a much improved taste.  Before tasting a miracle fruit, regular Pepsi tasted like a worst diet cola I'd ever had After a miracle fruit, all the sweetness and some of the flavor had been restored.  Home cooking tasted good, once again. Not exactly the same, but a different, pleasant change. One fruit could go a long way.

One of the contributors of my miracle fruit, dentist Mark Karaver, said a small piece of the miracle fruit would have the same effect as a whole fruit! I tried this and it was correct. A little piece lasted as long as eating the entire fruit. A patient could get three or four "eating's"out of one fruit.

In a refrigerator, miracle fruit only stay eatable for several days, so a fresh supply from growers is very desirable; or a patient should try to obtain a fruiting tree so that a family member could harvest the fruit as needed, for maximum freshness. Surely we all could think of a family member, friend, neighbor or acquaintance who has cancer of some sort and is undergoing chemotherapy. Giving them some miracle fruit to try, after advising their doctors, could give them some needed relief at a very difficult time.

 Certainly, further scientific tests are needed to confirm the effects that I am reporting to you. There are many different kinds and doses of chemotherapy, which of course could change the results of eating a piece of miracle fruit -- check with patient's doctor to see if fruits or sweeteners are being cut back or restricted.

I am simply reporting that miracle fruit worked for me. Perhaps there are a few or maybe countless others that could get some aid by trying this remarkable fruit.

A recent article in the newsletter of the Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council reportedly said the taking of miracle fruit could relieve nausea in cancer patients. I only had nausea twice during my hospital stay and I cannot confirm or deny that claim. I started taking miracle fruit only after I arrived hove from the hospital. So there you have it. A new potential use for the sugar sweetener/taste twister.

I would like to thank some of the miracle fruit contributors, namely Bill Whitman, Vivian and Bob Murray, and Mark Kraver from Florida, and David Silber from faraway California. Countless others offered fruit and I extend my sincere thanks to all. Thank you, guy: they really helped! I would love to hear any comments or feedback on this article. Please write the Tropical Fruit News editors so we all my be educated with the response. Thanks!

As Ed says, please let us know if you have had experience with Synsepalum dulcifium and relief of adverse effects from medications. We, and the research community, need to know if miracle fruit can help patients who suffer taste or nausea problems. (Yes, powerful anti-nausea drugs are frequently given but they have their own side effects. In patients where chemotherapy and the resultant effects has caused nutritional problems could miracle fruit be of significant benefit?) If any reader is undergoing medical therapy that has caused unpleasant taste changes or nausea, speak with your doctor before trying miracle fruit. It is time for the research establishment to conduct the necessary tests and trails on S. dulcifium, the University of Miami Medical School Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami would be a good starting place as would several others.

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Kraujalis, Ed. "Miracle Fruit and Chemotherapy." Tropical Fruit News -Volume 29 Number 3 March 1995. Web. 11 Jan. 2017.

Published 11 Jan. 2017 LR
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