Carambola or starfruit, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritiusand Seychelles
The fruit is popular throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Micronesia, and parts of East Asia. The tree is also cultivated throughout non-indigenous tropical areas, such as in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the southern United States.
The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides (usually five but can sometimes vary); in cross-section, it resembles a star, hence its name. The entire fruit is edible and is usually eaten out of hand. They may also be used in cooking and can be made into relishes, preserves, and juice drinks.
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.
Star fruit and its juice is often recommended in many folk medicine in Brazil as a diuretic (to increase urine output), expectorant, and to suppress cough.
Star fruit is one of the plant sources that contain highest concentration of oxalic acid; 100 g of fresh fruit contains 50,000-95,800 ppm of oxalic acid. Oxalic acid has been considered as anti-nutrient compound as it interferes with absorption and metabolism of several natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium, etc. It also predisposes to a condition known as oxaluria, a condition which may leads to the formation of oxalate kidney stones. In some people with impaired kidney function, its consumption would result in renal failure and may cause death. People with known kidney disease should therefore, advice to avoid eating star fruit.