Carambola or Star Fruit: Nine Health Benefits of this Exotic Fruit

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flushes Toxins Out
  • Heart Friendly
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Regulates Blood Pressure
  • Diabetic Friendly
  • Boosts Metabolism

ORIGIN
Carambola, or star fruit (Averrhoa carambola) is sour in taste. It is a tropical tree native to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The fruit is consumed in Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Micronesia, and East Asia.

The fruit has sharp ridges running down its sides (usually five). When cut in cross-section, the fruit slices resemble a star. The entire fruit is edible with yellow-orange to green skin with tart crisp flesh. The star fruits are also used in cooking and made into relishes, preserves, and juice drinks.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy128 kJ (31 kcal)
Carbohydrates6.73 g
Sugars3.98 g
Dietary fiber2.8 g
Fat0.33 g
Protein1.04 g
VitaminsQuantity
Vitamin A equiv. lutein zeaxanthin66 μg
Thiamine (B1)0.014 mg
Riboflavin (B2)0.016 mg
Niacin (B3)0.367 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)0.391 mg
Vitamin B60.017 mg
Folate (B9)12 μg
Choline7.6 mg
Vitamin C34.4 mg
Vitamin E0.15 mg
MineralsQuantity
Calcium3 mg
Iron0.08 mg
Magnesium10 mg
Manganese0.037 mg
Phosphorus12 mg
Potassium133 mg
Sodium2 mg
Zinc0.12 mg
Other constituentsQuantity
Water91.4 g

CARAMBOLA FRUIT: HEALTH ADVANTAGES

1. Anti-inflammatory
Carambola fruit or star fruit has significant amounts of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that may prevent skin conditions like dermatitis. It helps to flush out the unwanted toxins to maintain a healthy body.

2. Heart-friendly
Carambola fruit is rich in salt and potassium that function as electrolytes in the body, which in turn aid in maintain the righ blood pressure. These minerals also maintain heartbeat rhythm and healthy blood circulation in the body.

3. Promotes weight-loss
Carambola fruit or star fruit has minimal calories and offers as a good healthy snack. Moreover, the fibre content in the fruit helps speed up the metabolism that supports your efforts to reduce weight. Fiber also helps to keep you fuller for long, lowering the chances of overeating.

4. Regulates high blood pressure
The existence of calcium reduces the risk of heart problems like cardiac arrest and strokes by relieving stress on the capillary and arteries. By getting rid of the pressure, your heart will have the ability to unwind, making circulation more reliable. By doing this, the fluid balance in your body will be maintained.

5. Boosts digestion
Carambola or Star fruit has significant amount of dietary fibre which plays a vital role in boosting digestion, relieving symptoms of cramps, bloating and constipation.

6. Diabetic-friendly
Star Fruit has good amount of insoluble fibre that can delay the release of glucose in the blood stream which may help in controlling insulin levels. It also serves as ideal diabetic-friendly snack as it has fewer calories to worry and good amount of dietary fibre.

7. May improve metabolism
Metabolism is a biochemical process by which your body converts food into energy. The calories of the food are combined with oxygen to release energy. Carambola or Star fruit is rich in folate and riboflavin that help in metabolism and ensure enzymatic and hormonal processes.

8. Helps reduce cholesterol levels
Star fruit has negligible amount of fat and have good amount if dietary fibre which may help in managing cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack and other disorders.

9. Enriches Skin Radiance
Star fruit is loaded with antioxidants like quercetin, gallic acid and other polyphenolic compounds, which play a vital role in reducing the effects oxidative stress and inhibits free radicals. This help to maintain skin radiance.

WARNING:
People with kidney issues or those who take prescription drugs should consult a medical professional before consuming this fruit.