31 Benefits Of Star Fruit (Carambola)

Star fruit (Averrhoa carambola) is an exotic type of fruit that got its name from its distinct shape when cut cross-sectionally.

When the fruit is ripe, it tends to be light yellow with slightly brown ridges.

Star fruit is quite popular globally. However, it is native to Southeast Asia and some tropical regions such as the Caribbean and Latin America.

Star Fruit Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 31
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.3g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g
11%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 57%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%

Below are various health benefits of star fruit (carambola);

1. Starfruit Makes You Eat Less

The fruit predominantly comprises of minerals, complex carbs, fiber, and water; therefore, it makes you feel full quickly and you wouldn’t end up eating much. The yellow Starfruit, with no bruises, is believed to contain more complex carbs and fiber, hence they are more effective in curbing appetite as they take longer to digest. Furthermore, the fruit contains approximately 6.73g of carbs which is quite low compared to many similar tropical fruits.

2. Starfruit Contains Fiber Which Aids Digestion


The fruit is enriched with natural dietary fiber (2.8g of dietary fiber), hence it is able to improve bowel movement through the intestines for easy digestion and elimination of waste.

3. Starfruit Is Anticarcinogenic In Nature


The fruit is enriched with antioxidants that scavenge for harmful free radicals alongside carcinogenic substances that trigger the growth of cancerous cells. The fruit contains roughly 34.4mg of Vitamin C per 100g, which is substantial enough to slow down the growth of cancer cells or tumors in the body.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3950398/)

4. Starfruit Aids The Elimination Of Toxic Waste


Toxins that remain in the colon after digestion can be cleaned out by fiber. The fiber in star fruit combines with toxic waste in the colon to create a bulky stool which is eliminated easily from the body.

5. Starfruit Helps In Balancing The Body’s Blood Pressure


The fruit has high levels of Potassium minerals plus low sodium. The potassium minerals are known to relax blood vessels which are necessary for improved blood flow.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5012612/)

6. Starfruit Helps The Body Maintain A Healthy, Functioning Heart


This tropical fruit is known to contain about 125mg of Magnesium minerals, needed for enhancing the functioning of the heart’s muscles. The enhancement of the contraction and expansion of the muscles of the heart will improve the pumping of blood to vital body organs. It should be noted that Starfruit contains roughly 1.05g of protein which can supplement one’s daily protein needs.

7. Starfruit Lowers Blood Cholesterol


The fruit contains 0g of saturated fat and cholesterol, thus it is completely healthy for consumption. Citrus fruits are generally good for preventing an increase in the cholesterol levels in the body.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27621606)

8. Starfruit Improves Sleep


The fruit is rich in magnesium, an essential mineral that is capable of inducing good quality sleep. It is one of the ideal fruits that can help one fight insomnia effectively. To achieve the best possible results against insomnia, a serving of star fruit should be consumed 2-3 hours before bedtime.

9. Starfruit Improves The Body’s Metabolic Rates

When your metabolic rate increases, it would be easier for the body to burn calories and fat. With an increase in the body’s metabolic rates, foods would digest faster, which means more nutrients would be absorbed into the body and the extra fats, stored in difficult areas such as the belly and thighs, can be burnt during moderate to high-intensity workouts.

10. Starfruit Will Boost Immunity


The body’s immunity is its natural capability to fight off common infections and diseases. Starfruit is rich in antioxidants such as water-soluble vitamin C that boosts the body’s immunity against the common cold, flu, and some other fungal and viral infections.

11. Starfruit Is Helpful In Reducing Inflammatory Developments In The Body


Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, found in star fruit would help to ease off the symptoms of inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be a warning signal of an impending sickness but when such inflammation is caused by injuries, it could cause severe pain that would require urgent relief. Starfruit provides a lasting relief against common inflammatory developments in the body.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26952371)

12. Starfruit Antioxidants Speed Up Body Repairs


Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, found in abundance in star fruit produce collagen which is an essential component in the repair of blood vessels and tissues all around the body. Without repairs in damaged and worn-out tissues in the body, it is practically impossible to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Starfruit can be consumed after a workout session to speed up healing and for replacing lost body fluids.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14753772)

13. Starfruit Will Speed Up The Absorption Of Iron In The Body

Iron is a mineral needed for creating new healthy blood cells, it is responsible for the red color of hemoglobin. Deficiency of Iron in meals can lead to anemia or a shortage of red blood cells. Hence a substantial amount of star fruit, consumed daily can help in preventing anemia. Some of the symptoms associated with low Iron absorption are; drowsiness, constant fatigue, paleness on the top surface of the tongue, and constant headaches. 2-4 servings of star fruit on a daily basis can boost Iron absorption by more than 45%.

14. Starfruit Is Known To Boost Secretion Of Milk In Nursing Mothers


First-time nursing mothers who are facing the challenges of producing adequate milk can rely on substantial daily consumption of star fruit. If inadequate milk production is caused by hormonal imbalance, then the nursing mother may still require some medical attention, in addition to increasing star fruit intake.

15. Starfruit Nourishes And Protects The Eyes


Daily consumption of 2-3 servings of star fruit will provide sufficient Vitamin A, which is needed to nourish the eyes and reduce the risks of certain degenerative eye disorders. In addition to nourishing and protecting the eye, substantial intake of star fruit can help improve symptoms of sore eyes, likewise, the fruit can improve vision.

16. Starfruit Helps Clear Out Acne


Acne is a natural occurrence, especially in teens. Though star fruit alone cannot stop acne, it can be mixed with half a teaspoon of sulfur ointment and two tablespoons of lemon juice to create an acne treatment that can be rubbed on acne spots, twice daily, to clear out acne spots gradually.

17. Starfruit Helps In Relieving Dry And Wet Cough


Every part of star fruit is useful, one can create a cough relief solution by boiling the flowers or leaves of star fruit, for about 40 minutes, and then consume the water(solution) to get relief against cough. The star fruit flowers, particularly, can be boiled and the water given to children suffering from coughs.

18. Starfruit Aids Weight Loss


Starfruit reduces appetite and also contain a very low amount of simple sugar but a high amount of complex carbs. All these characteristics and effects can trigger a slow but steady loss in weight. 100g of star fruit will only provide 31 calories, which is significantly lower than most other tropical fruits you can find around. For this reason, it is completely healthy to snack on star fruit especially if one wants to lose weight in the long term. Starfruit contains barely 128kJ of energy per 100g of serving, hence it can provide a short burst of energy in place of large meals. The fruit also contains roughly 0.33g of fat which is too low to contribute to weight gain.

19. Starfruit Helps Relieve Symptoms Of Diabetes Mellitus


Individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes can benefit from consuming star fruit regularly. Alternatively, some star fruits can be grated and boiled for about 40 minutes and the water may be consumed twice daily, to lower blood sugar levels. Starfruit itself cannot be used as a cure for diabetes. However, the fruit would help diabetics to maintain healthy blood sugar which, in turn, would reduce insulin sensitivity.

20. Starfruit Helps In Maintaining A Healthy Skin


Starfruit is rich in antioxidants that possess the power to intercept the damaging effects of free radicals that make the skin age faster. Starfruit is known to hydrate the skin as well as boost the secretion of collagen which improves the elasticity of the skin. Vitamin C is known to increase the tautness of the skin which helps the skin retain its youthful glow.

21. Starfruit Slows Down Aging


With its abundance of cancer-fighting and collagen boosting powers, star fruit is capable of reducing signs of aging such as wrinkles, and age spots. This benefit can be achieved through a long-term consumption of star fruit. With an increase in collagen supplies from star fruit, the skin would become more resistant to wrinkles, age spots and other common symptoms of aging skin.

22. Starfruit Is A Natural Remedy

Starfruit helps in alleviating symptoms and appearances of sunburn. Furthermore, individuals suffering from alcohol hangovers can munch some star fruit to speed up their recovery. Similarly, star fruit can be consumed to heal sore throat as fast as regular over-the-counter sore throat medications.

23. Starfruit Helps In Healing Ulcer And Internal Bleeding


Starfruit contains essential vitamins and enzymes that speed up the healing of ulcer and some other internal wounds or infections. Individuals recovering from cancer treatments are usually advised to increase their intake of citrus fruits such as Starfruit to boost immunity and speed up their recovery.

24. Starfruit Is Anti-Microbial In Nature


Starfruit has a powerful anti-microbial property that increases the body’s resistance to common bacteria strains such as E. Coli, Bacillus, and Salmonella. It is quite common to see starfruit as a major component of numerous anti-bacteria medications in drug stores. Similarly, Starfruit is known to be a natural substance for improving eczema.

25. Starfruit Helps Reduce The Risk Of Stroke And Heart Diseases


Aside from its richness in essential Vitamins, star fruit is also known to be a rich source of Niacin, Folic acid, and Riboflavin, which are essential micro-nutrients that reduce the risks of developing heart diseases and stroke. Expert nutritionists suggest that one must consume 2-4 servings of star fruit on a daily basis, in order to enjoy these health benefits.

26. Starfruit Is Good For Growing And Maintaining Healthy Hair


The abundance of antioxidants, such as Vitamin B and C, makes star fruit effective in preventing hair loss, especially in middle age men and women. Starfruit has been proven to reduce the risks of hair loss by as much as 35%. Most of the benefits of star fruit as regards the prevention of hair loss are made possible due to its abundance of the natural Vitamin B complex. 100g of Starfruit contains approximately 0.15mg of Vitamin E, hence, the consumption of 2-5 servings of the fruit a day can add up the much-needed Vitamin E to maintain healthy hair.

27. Starfruit Is A Natural Blood Purifier


Starfruit is naturally rich with essential minerals such as zinc and that explains why it is able to act as a natural blood purifier. Purification of blood itself comes with several benefits; there would be less acne and pimples breakout due to the blood purification. Similarly, harmful toxins in the blood can be expelled through blood purification.

28. Starfruit Aids Hydration


More than 65% of star fruit is water, hence it can serve as a natural hydrating food. Star food is close to other fruits such as watermelon when it comes to the amount of water content they have. In the absence of clean potable water, one can consume substantial amounts of star fruit after strenuous workouts to replenish lost body fluids.

29. Starfruit Supports Bone Development In Young Children


Adults are not the only ones who can benefit from the consumption of star fruit on a daily basis. Growing toddlers and young adults can also benefit from star fruit consumption. 100g of Starfruit can provide up to 3mg of Calcium, which can add up quickly to bolster bone density. Adults can also benefit from star fruit consumption for increased bone density.

30. Starfruit Reduces The Risks Of Osteoporosis


While star fruit promotes bone growth and development in kids, it helps in reducing the risks of developing loss in bone masses in older adults. Adults older than 65 can benefit tremendously from an abundance of Calcium in Starfruit by consuming 2-5 servings on a daily basis. Since bone loss is the commonest problem associated with Osteoporosis, it makes a lot of sense to complement food supplements with dietary addition of star fruit.

31. Starfruit Provides Relief Against Numerous Headaches


Sinus headaches can be very annoying, especially to chronic sufferers. Starfruit is known to contain essential minerals that increase blood flow to the brain, thus providing relief against some forms of headaches.

 

Word Of Caution
Starfruit provides a wide range of health benefits but its consumption should be limited to people taking certain medications. For instance, some components of Starfruit may react with medications recommended for the treatment of kidney stones, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

 

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