At the beginning of this article you need to know that this amazing fruit comes from the Malayan peninsula. You can also find this fruit in Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and southern United States.
Another thing you need to know about this fruit is that when it is ripe, it has yellowish color and sweet and sour taste at the same time. When it comes to taste, the taste of this fruit is a combination of apple, pear, grape and citrus taste. Many people all around the world love this kind of flavor combinations.
The name of this fruit is carambola fruit, but due to its shape it is widely known as star fruit.
This fruit has many health benefits. Namely it is rich in vitamins C and B, folate, antioxidants, riboflavin, niacin and many minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and calcium.
Also you need to know that this is a low calorie fruit. This fruit contains only 31 calories in 100g.
Health benefits of carambola (star fruit)
Improves your slight
This amazing fruit is rich in vitamin A. Therefore this fruit can contribute a lot to a perfect health of your eyes.
Improves sleep and fights insomnia
The carambola fruit is rich in magnesium and as you probably already know magnesium is essential for peaceful and healthy sleep. This means that if you suffer from insomnia or you have trouble sleeping, you should consume more of this fruit.
It is good for the skin
Due to its richness in flavonoids, this fruit can improve the condition of your skin. In addition this fruit will also prevent diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.
In addition you must know that due to its richness in zinc, the carambola fruit can also be very beneficial in treating your acne.
As many other fruits, the carambola fruit is also rich in fiber. Thereby we can freely say that this fruit is extremely beneficial for your heart’s health. Namely these fibers can help you lower your bad cholesterol levels. At this point you need to know that these cholesterol levels are the main cause for clogged arteries which in most cases lead to heart attack.
At the same time, this amazing fruit increases the good cholesterol levels, or widely known as HDL.
Beneficial for fetus developing
Due to its richness in folic acid, or widely known as vitamin B9, the carambola fruit is very beneficial for pregnant women and their babies. Namely the folic acid is essential during the first months of gestation. The folic acid is very important for the proper development of the neural tube and baby’s brain.
In addition, after the delivery, you need to consume this fruit on regular basis, because it will help you in the formation of breast milk.
The carambola fruit barely contains sugar, which makes him an excellent snack for diabetics. In addition, the fibers from this fruit have the ability to prevent fast glucose absorption from the gut, and thus blood sugar level will maintain constant during the day.
As you probably already know the sodium is the main enemy of the blood pressure. At this point you need to know that carambola fruit has very low amounts of sodium. In the meantime this amazing fruit is rich in potassium and this mineral has one of the main roles in blood pressure regulation. Therefore if you are suffering from hypertension, all you need to do is consume this fruit on regular basis.
Its richness in fiber, makes this fruit an excellent snack choice for everyone who has digestive problems. Namely these fiber have the ability to clear the intestines and bound large amounts of water, thereby preventing constipation. This means that if you eat this fruit after heavy meals, you will be able to improve your digestion.
Strengthens the immune system
The carambola fruit is rich in vitamin C. this means that this fruit contributes to a super immune system, which is extremely important when it comes to protecting yourself from viral diseases such as influenza, common colds, etc.
It has antimicrobial action
According to some studies, this fruit can successfully fight infections caused by E.coli, Klebsiella, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Even though this fruit is very beneficial for your health, you need to know that it contains large amounts of oxalic acid and caramboxin, which make this fruit harmful for people suffering from kidney diseases, kidney failure or those on kidney dialysis. If people who have these conditions consume the carambola fruit, they will feel nausea, vomiting or confusion.
In addition, you also, need to be careful in the consummation of this fruit, if you are taking any medications, especially statins, opiates or benzodiazepines. The carambola fruit, same as the grapefruit contains substances which can interfere with these drugs.