Posted by: godshealingplants | March 12, 2020

STAR FRUIT HEALTH BENEFITS

HISTORY

Star Fruit or Carambola it is not found in the wild, it is originally native to Sri Lanka and has been cultivated in Southeast Asia and Malaysia for almost 1,000 years. Today they are also grown throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, Florida and Hawaii because the fruit thrives growing in a warm tropical environment. 

ABOUT

It is a member of the Oxalis (wood sorrel) family; star fruit grow on a bushy tree 25 to 30 feet high with a spread of 20 to 25 feet.

The leaves are sensitive to touch and light, folding up at night or when touched. The fragrant flowers are pink to lavender in color, about 3/8 inches in diameter.

The fruits grow in groups of 3 or 4 on the branches and trunk of the tree and the trees produce fruit for up to 40 years.  They are non-seasonal and produce 3 to 5 crops each year. 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Star fruit contain many antioxidant vitamins like lutein zeaxanthin, vitamin C, and vitamin E. They are also rich in vitamin B1 or thiamine, vitamin B2 or riboflavin, vitamin B3 or niacin, vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 or pyridoxine and vitamin B9 or folic acid. Star fruit is also a good source of choline.

In addition to vitamins, Star fruits also contain many pivotal minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, and zinc in adequate quantities required by our body.

Furthermore, the fruit has a high concentration of antioxidants like polyphenolic compounds, such as quercetin, epicatechin, and gallic acid. 

HEALTH BENEFITS

In traditional medicinal uses the preparations of the leaves and roots have been used to cure headaches, hangovers, sore eyes, ringworm and chickenpox. Given to nursing mothers it is believed to stimulate the flow of milk. It also helps with:

Anemia: Is caused due to deficiency of hemoglobin in the body. Star fruit contains good amounts of iron which helps in the formation of hemoglobin in the body. Its high vitamin C content further assists in the absorption of the iron and acts synergistically along with iron to promote hemoglobin formation.

Blood Pressure: Star fruit is loaded with potassium and has a low content of sodium. They are well known because of its high potassium content. One cup of star fruit contains 176 milligrams of potassium, compared to just 2.6 milligrams of sodium. This helps the blood vessels relax and maintains proper blood pressure.

Constipation: Star fruit contains good amounts of fiber. This fiber absorbs the water and makes the stool soft and easy to pass through the digestive system. This fruit is a must have food for people suffering from constipation. Constipation leads to many more problems like hemorrhoids, anal fissure, colorectal cancer, etc. So, eating star fruit regularly can save you from all these maladies.

Fights Free Radicals: Free radicals are produced in our body due to various metabolic processes. They adversely affect our health. They lead to disorders of the heart, brain and also many types of lethal cancers. We need to consume foods with antioxidants to fight the free radicals effectively. Star fruit contains many antioxidant substances like lutein zeaxanthin, vitamin C, and vitamin E. They fight the free radicals and help in the prevention of cancers, heart and brain disorders.

Fights Infections:  One cup of star fruit contains 76 percent of the vitamin C daily requirements per cup. Vitamin C is a potent natural water-soluble antioxidant that helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and eliminates cancer-causing free radicals in the body.

Hair Benefits: Healthy hair needs vitamins and minerals for good growth. Star fruits in rich in vitamin B, C, E and many other minerals which nourish the hair and make it strong, healthy and thick. Star fruit also helps in reduction in the hair fall.

Hypertension: Star fruit contains both sodium and potassium. But the sodium content of star fruit is low in comparison to the potassium. Sodium leads to water retention and increased blood pressure. As star fruit has low sodium content, it doesn’t lead to water retention and increased blood pressure. The low sodium content of star fruit makes it safe for people with high blood pressure or hypertension. 

Insomnia: Many people suffer from lack of sleep or insomnia. This makes them restless and irritable during the daytime. Star fruit is rich in essential minerals like magnesium. This makes the nervous system strong and relaxed. It improves the quality of your sleep. Star fruit also boosts the immune system and makes your body healthy overall. 

Skin Benefits: Healthy skin requires adequate nutrition, a good supply of vitamins and minerals. Star fruit is highly rich in all the essential vitamins and minerals required by the skin. They nourish the skin and make it healthy. The antioxidant substances in star fruit like lutein zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E help in fighting free radicals and preventing early aging.

They also fight all signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Star fruit also helps in removing all the toxins out of our body. This detoxification helps in preventing acne or pimple breakouts on our skin. If you are suffering from acne, you can surely eat star fruit and reap its benefits. It also helps in treating skin diseases like Eczema.

Weight loss: Star fruit contains 31 calories of energy for every 100 grams of fruit. This energy content is very low in comparison to many other high-calorie foods. Star fruit has very low-fat content which makes it ideal for weight loss. It is rich in water and fiber which makes you feel satiated and fuller for a longer period of time. When you eat star fruit as part of your meals or half an hour before your meals, you tend to eat smaller portions helping in weight loss. 

HOW TO BUY AND STORE

Select firm, shiny skinned, even colored fruit. They will ripen at room temperature and have lightly brown edges on the ribs and a full fruity aroma when ripe. Avoid purchasing fruit with brown, shriveled ribs. This delicious fruit is also available dried.

The green-colored star fruit can be purchased and kept aside until it ripens. However, if you want to readily eat it, go for the yellowish-brown one. The thickness of the outer layer is directly proportional to its sweetness. 

Ensure to pick firm ones as the bruised ones do not have a long shelf life. You can refrigerate star fruit if you want to increase its shelf life.

Star fruit bruise easily, so handle with care. Non-ripe fruit should be turned often, until they are yellow in color and ripe with light brown ribs. Store ripe fruit at room temperature for two to three days and refrigerated in a plastic bag for up to one to two weeks. Do not wash them until they are ready to eat. 

HOW TO PREPARE

While some exotic fruits require peeling or other forms of preparation, star fruit is surprisingly simple. The waxy outer layer can be safely eaten and is quite thin.

The most important part of the preparation process is removing the top and bottom of the fruit. A narrow slice can be taken from either end and discarded.

Simply wash the fruit, remove any blemished areas, cut crosswise to get the star shape, and eat. 

HOW TO ENJOY

 They are great to eat out of hand as these tropical delights do not need to be peeled nor have the seeds removed before eating. It can be included in any number of desserts, jams, marmalades, savory dishes, and fresh fruit salads. Here are some ideas:

Delicious star fruit cheese cake tart

 

Very elegant and delicious when added to a salad

It makes a very refreshing juice

Star fruit marmalade

Upside down cake

Compote with cinnamon and cloves

Ice cream

 Canning star fruit for future use

The fruit can also be dried and sugared, to be eaten as candy.

WARNING

Unfortunately, there are a few side effects of star fruit that should be taken seriously including lethal toxicity under certain conditions, as well as allergic reactions, kidney stones, and drug interactions. 

As it possesses oxalic acid, it should be avoided by the patients of kidney failure and kidney disease. You should consult your doctor or a pharmacist before the consumption of star fruit because this could interfere or interact with the prescription medications you might be taking. The symptoms for the intoxication of star fruit may include nausea, persistent hiccups, agitation, vomiting, insomnia, convulsions and mental confusion.

SOURCES

http://Wikihow.com

http://Mercola.com

http://NaturalNews.com

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1858/2

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DISCLAIMER GHP

 


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