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Carambola: Health Benefits & Side Effects

Sangeeta Soni
Sangeeta Soni
Carambola- the Star fruit
Carambola- the Star fruit

Carambola, also called star fruit is a popular tropical fruit. It is a sweet & sour fruit having the shape of a five-point star. Usually, star fruit is yellow or green in color and comes in two varieties; Smaller- It is slightly sour in taste 

  • Larger- It is slightly sweet in taste

Star fruit is native to Southeast Asia. Star fruit is packed with many important nutrients & possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-microbial properties.  Star fruit is used in Ayurveda for ages and is also used in Traditional Chinese medicines. Let us proceed to know the health benefits of star fruit.

Health Benefits of Star Fruit

Regulates Blood Pressure

Eating Carambola improves blood circulation throughout the body, maintains blood pressure. Flavonoids, phytochemicals, and saponins in the star fruit avoid increased blood pressure.

Healthy Digestion

The star fruit is a fleshy fruit, slightly crunchy to eat and its peel is waxy. This combination provides both soluble and insoluble fiber. Eating carambola helps to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Healthy Skin & Hair

Carambola is full of antioxidants and vitamin B & C, that improves skin & hair cell. And overall, gives healthy and glowing skin, and stronger and beautiful hair.

Immunity Booster

A normal-sized carambola contains vitamin C in the amount that is sufficient to fulfill 50% of the daily need for vitamin C, which boosts immunity. For this, you can consume the fruit directly or prepare a smoothie.

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Fights bad Cholesterol

The star fruit contains a high amount of fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and controls cholesterol levels, and improves overall heart health. 

Controls Weight

The low calorie content and high fiber content in carambola makes it a perfect snack. And star fruit consumption also regulates the metabolism, so it will help you burn calories quickly.

Good for Diabetes Patients

Again, one more important benefit because of high fiber content. As per studies, high fiber food can help to cure diabetes. Star fruit helps to control cholesterol in the body and helps to cure the symptoms of diabetes.

Apart from these health benefits of star fruit, there are many other benefits too, the list is long.

Possible Side effects of Star Fruit

Kidney Diseases

People facing kidney diseases must not consume star fruit. Oxalate/ oxalic acid in star fruit can cause kidney stones and may be very harmful to people already facing kidney diseases.

Upset Stomach

If you are consuming unripe starfruit, it can be harmful to your gut health, as unripe star fruit contains high oxalate levels. It can also cause vomiting.

Drug Interaction

If you are consuming any kind of medicine, then you must consult with your doctor before taking star fruit.

And those whose body is sensitive to sodium also mustn’t consume it. There aren’t any other side effects of star fruit but it must not be consumed in excess quantity, as overconsumption of anything can be harmful.

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