The carambola fruit, known as a star fruit is one of the healthiest fruits in the world. It is yellow when it’s ripe and it tastes sweet.
This fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamin B, E, niacin, foliate and minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium and calcium
Some of the Carambola fruit benefits:
- Stimulates the secretion of saliva
The secretion of saliva is important because it helps to clean the mouth because it contains substances that eliminate bacteria. It is ideal to consume as a dessert and to perform a “cleaning” of the mouth after eating. It is also useful to fight sores in the mouth.
- Acts as hemostatic
This fruit is ideal to stop bleeding and prevent bleeding. This is because it contains oxalic acid, but at the same time, this same oxalic acid makes it a contraindicated fruit for those who suffer from kidney problems, gout and kidney stones.
- Strengthens the immune system
This fruit is rich in vitamin C which strengthens immunity and prevents various viral diseases, like common colds, influenza, and the like.
- Improves sleep and treats insomnia
If you suffer from insomnia this fruit is the best solution for your problem. It reduces stress and improves our sleep.
- Helps Digestion
This fruit improves our digestion and boosts our metabolism. It is very beneficial for our digestive system.
- Proper Fetus Development
Being rich in folic acid, the carambola fruit is highly beneficial during pregnancy. The folic acid is important during the first months of gestation, besides being crucial for the healthy development of the baby’s brain and the neural tube.
- Controls diabetes
Being low in sugar, this fruit is ideal for diabetics. It also has fiber, which will balance the blood sugar levels in the day, as it will inhibit the fast absorption of glucose from the gut.
- It has antimicrobial action
Studies have shown that this fruit effectively fights infections caused by E.coli, like Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella.
- Gentle laxative
Carambola has a mild laxative effect and is ideal for those suffering from constipation. It contains high concentrations of fiber, as well as tartaric acid and malic acid. It is also beneficial to promote good digestion.
You’re advised against consuming this fruit if you have any kidney complications, as it is high in oxalic acid and may cause nausea, vomiting, and confusion.
Likewise, you should use it carefully if you’re taking medications like statins, benzodiazepines, or opiates, as it contains substances that could interfere with these drugs.