The fruit we’re going to present you today is called carambola fruit, or otherwise “star fruit”, because of its shape. This miracle fruit originates from the Malayan peninsula and is also grown in the southern United States, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.
When it’s ripe, the fruit is yellow in color and its taste is a mixture of sweet and sour and resembles the flavors of grapes, pear and citrus fruits. This combination makes it unique and popular among people.
It can provide numerous health benefits and significantly improve the condition of your health. It is abundant with vitamin C and B, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and manganese.
Health benefits of carambola fruit:
Due to the high fiber content, the carambola fruit promotes heart health and reduces the levels of bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol leads to clogged arteries and thus causes heart attacks. On the other hand, the consumption of the star fruit will increase the HDL levels or good cholesterol.
Strengthens the immune system
This fruit is rich in vitamin C which strengthens immunity and prevents various viral diseases, like common colds, influenza, and the like.
Improves sleep and treats insomnia
Carmbola fruit is packed with magnesium which helps you improve sleep and get the proper rest.
The fiber clears the intestines, bounding high amounts of water, and thus fights constipation. If you consume it after heavy meals it can help you improve digestion and prevent digestive problems.
It is beneficial for the skin
This fruit promotes skin health because of the high flavonoid content. It also prevents diseases like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and the zinc in it treats acne.
Proper fetus development
It contains vitamin B9 and it has rich content of folic acid, which is significantly beneficial in the case of pregnancy. It can provide numerous benefits for the brain of the baby and the healthy development of the neural tube. The regular consumption of this fruit after the delivery aids the breast milk formation.
This fruit is low in sugar and it is great for people who suffer from diabetes. Furthermore, it contains fiber which can balance the blood sugar levels and prevent fast glucose absorption from the gut.
It has antimicrobial action
According to many studies, the fruit is able to fight infections that are caused by bacteria like E. Coli, Klebsiella, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, and Staphylococcus Aureus.
Improves eye health
Since it is rich in vitamin A, this fruit improves the health of the eyes.
People with kidney issues like kidney diseases, kidney dialysis, and kidney failure should avoid the consumption of this fruit as it is high in carambola and oxalic acid. It may cause people vomit, have nausea, or confusion.
You need to be careful in case you take medications like benzodiazepines, statins, or opiates because there are some substances in the fruit that can interfere with the drugs.