Latin America, the Caribbean and southern United States are famous about this fruit. It comes from the Malayan. When is ripe, has yellowish color with sweet and sour taste at the same time. Its taste is sort of combination of apple, pear, grape and citrus taste and some people love this kind of flavor combinations.
We are talking of carambola fruit, also known as star fruit because of its shape in cross-section.
This fruit contains only 31 calories in 100g. It contains low calories. It is very rich in antioxidants, vitamin B and C, lutein, folate, niacin, riboflavin and minerals such as calcium, manganese, potassium, zinc and iron.
Find out more about the carambola’s health benefits:
It improves your sight
The vitamin A which is contained in carambola improves your eyes health.
Improves sleep and fights insomnia
This fruit is rich in magnesium. Magnesium is very important for peaceful and healthy sleep. If you have trouble sleeping or suffering from insomnia, we recommend you to consume more carambola.
It is great for your skin
Flavonoids contribute to get a healthier skin and prevent diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Carambola can also be very helpful if you have acne problems, because of high amounts of zinc.
Carambola also is a great source of fiber. Fiber is very beneficial for your heart’s health. It is able to lower the bad cholesterol, which is the main cause for clogged arteries, and at the same time increases the good cholesterol, HDL.
The carambola has a low amount of sodium, which is the main enemy of the blood pressure. This fruit not only has low sodium content, but contains a lot of potassium, and this mineral has one of the main roles in blood pressure regulation.
It improves your digestion
Carambola is perfect choise for those who have digestive problems. The fibers clear the intestines and bound large amounts of water, thereby preventing constipation. Eating this fruit after heavy meals, can help in better digestion.
Strengthens the immune system
This fruit contains large amounts of vitamin C which contributes to super immune system, protecting us from viral diseases such as influenza, common colds, etc.
It has antimicrobial action
According to some studies, carambola can successfully fight infections caused by E.coli, Klebsiella, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
The high amount of oxalic acid and caramboxin which are contained in carambola, it can be harmful for people who suffer from kidney diseases, kidney failure or those on kidney dialysis. If consumed, in these patients can cause nausea, vomiting or confusion.
You should also, be cautious if you are taking any medications, especially statins, opiates or benzodiazepines.
This fruit, like grapefruit contains substances which can interfere with these drugs.