Health benefits of star fruit
. Star fruit is one of essential nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins required for well-being.
. The fruit along with its waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fiber. Fiber helps prevent absorption of dietary LDL cholesterol in the gut. The dietary fibers also help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
. Star fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 34.7 mg or 57% of daily-required levels of vitamin C. In general, consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
. In addition, star fruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together, these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in varioussynthetic functions inside the body.
. It also contains small amount of minerals and electrolytes like potassium, phosphorus, and zinc and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure;
. Star fruit and its juice is often recommended in many folk medicine in Brazil as a diuretic (to increase urine output), expectorant, and to suppress cough. (Medical disclaimer).
. A decoction of leaves and roots (prepared separately or in combination) can help cure headaches, ringworm, and chickenpox. The fruit is known to cure hangovers and prickly heat. You can also use the pickled fruit for hangover just take one piece of the pickled fruit, steam in water and serve.
. The fruit has also been used to treat sore eyes.
. The star fruit is given to nursing mothers as it is commonly believed to stimulate the flow of milk.
. Only sweet variety carambola are eaten fresh, or mixed with other fruits in salads. Fresh fruit can also be processed into juice and used in cocktails with other complementing tropical fruit juices.
. Sour type fruits are favored in cooking as they give unique tart flavor to poultry, meat, and seafood dishes.
. The fruit can be used to make sauce, pickle, chutney, tarts, and jam.