The so-called star fruit, also known as carambola, is, as the name suggests, a star-shaped fruit that can be found in the Malayan peninsula as well as the USA, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. The fruit is yellow in color and has a sweet and sour taste that is similar to grapes, pear and citrus. Besides the pleasant taste, the fruit has incredible health benefits. It contains almost no calories and is rich in antioxidants, vitamin B and C, riboflavin, folate, niacin and other beneficial compounds that can improve your health.
Here are some of the health benefits of the carambola fruit:
Regulates your blood pressure
The star fruit is rich in potassium, the best mineral against high blood pressure. Consuming the fruit regularly will regulate your blood pressure in just a short time.
Thanks to the rich fiber content, carambola can reduce the bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood which is the main source of cardiovascular diseases. Besides reducing the LDL cholesterol, it will also increase the levels of the good (HDL) cholesterol in your blood and prevent serious heart diseases.
Strengthens the immune system
The carambola is rich in vitamin C which is vital for proper function of the immune system.
Treats insomnia and improves your sleep
The star fruit is rich in magnesium, an important mineral that can help you sleep. Start consuming the fruit in case you’re suffering from insomnia, and the problem will go away soon.
As we mentioned above, carambola is rich in fiber which will improve your digestion and clean your intestines while binding to a great amount of water. This will effectively treat constipation and prevent other digestive problems.
Great for the skin
This amazing fruit contains a great amount of flavonoids which can prevent numerous skin diseases.
Proper fetus development
The star fruit contains folic acid (vitamin B9) which is recommended for pregnant women. Folic acid plays a big role in proper fetus development during the first months of gestation and is required for proper neural tube development. Consuming carambola regularly will also assist in the creation of breast milk.
If you’re suffering from diabetes, you should know that the star fruit is a great food for you. It is low on sugar, and the fiber content will prevent fast glucose absorption in the gut, effectively controlling the disease.
An antimicrobial agent
According to studies, the carambola is great for fighting infections caused by E. Coli.
Improves eye health
Thanks to the high vitamin A content, the star fruit can significantly improve your eye health.
Note: even though very beneficial, the fruit should be avoided by people suffering from kidney disease or kidney failure, as it contains a high level of oxalic acid which may cause adverse side-effects. The fruit should also be avoided if you’re on opiates, statins, or benzodiapines as it may interfere with these drugs.