This amazing fruit is from the Malayan peninsula, and it can also be found in Southern United States, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The carambola fruit is popularly known around the world as star fruit. When ripe the carambola fruit turns yellow in color, and it has a sour-sweet taste. The fruit’s taste is a unique blend of citrus, apple, grape and pear taste. It’s unique flavor is loved by many people across the world.

The many health benefits and minerals the carambola fruit offer are vitamins B and C, calcium, antioxidants, calcium, potassium, riboflavin, zinc, niacin, manganese, folate, and iron.

The star fruit is a fruit know for its low-calorie content. It contains only 31 calories in 100g.

Carambola (star fruit) Health Benefits

  • Improves sight

It supports healthy vision. It is rich in vitamin A which help improves sight.

  • Helps fights insomnia and Improves sleep

It is common knowledge that magnesium improves sleep. The carambola fruit is also rich in magnesium which aids healthy and peaceful rest. If you have difficulty sleeping or you are suffering from insomnia, you should eat more of this fruit.

  • Improves the condition of the skin

Carambola fruit is rich in flavonoids and this nutrient help improving the condition of the skin. It also helps prevent diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. It can also be useful in treating acne because of its high zinc content.

Lowers cholesterol

The carambola fruits are rich in fiber just as any other fruit, making it beneficial to the heart. The bad cholesterol levels are lowered with the fibers gotten from the consumption of the fruit.

In most cases, heart attack is as a result of clogged arteries and this situation is highly determined by the level of cholesterol in the body.

This fruit in cry he level of good cholesterol levels in the body, this cholesterol is also known as HDL.

Useful for a developing foetus

The carambola fruit is rich in folic acid or popularly known as vitamin B9. This important nutrient is very important for foetus and pregnant women. Especially during the early months of gestation where folic acid is the most needed. This nutrient is responsible for the development of the baby’s brain and neutral tube.

This fruit is also known to lactating mothers because it provides additional nutrients needed to help in the formation of breast milk.

Controls diabetes

The fruit is low in sugar, making it a suitable snack for diabetics. Also, the fibers gotten from the carambola fruit helps maintain the blood sugar levels and prevent the fast glucose absorption from the gut.

Regulates hypertension

It is common knowledge that sodium has a  devastating effect on the blood pressure. This is why the carambola fruit is suitable for those suffering from high blood pressure; the fruit is low in sodium and rich in potassium. This nutrient helps regulate the blood pressure and keep it stable. Consume this fruit on a regular basis if you are suffering from hypertension.

Aids digestion

For all those who suffer from digestive problems, this fruit is highly recommended because of its richness in fiber content. The fiber contained in the fruit gave the ability to clean out the intestines and provide a large amount of water; this aids in preventing constipation. So eating this fruit on a regular basis help improve your digestion, especially when taken after meals.

Strengthens the immune system

Due to its richness in vitamins C, the carambola fruit helps contribute to a powerful immune system. This vitamin C contained in this fruit is extremely beneficial when it comes to protecting the body from viral diseases like common colds, influenza and lots more.

It has antimicrobial action

According to many studies carried out, it showed that this fruit has the ability to combat infections successfully. Infections such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E.coli, Staphylococcus Aureus, Klebsiella and Salmonella

Caution

Although this fruit is extremely beneficial to the health, it is not recommended to those who suffer from kidney disease, those with kidney dialysis or kidney failure. This is because the carambola fruit contains a high amount of carambola and oxalic acid making it extremely harmful to them. If people who suffer from kidney failure or kidney disease consume the carambola fruit, they suffer negative effects like confusion and nausea.

In addition, if you are on any medications especially benzodiazepines, statins or opiate. You need to be cautious when taking the carambola fruit. This fruit contains substances same as the grapefruit, which can interfere and the drug.

Source: Essential Health Advisor