Recent studies are beginning to show
that the star fruit has a number of medicinal properties, besides
being rich in vitamins. After conducting several studies, researchers
have found out that star fruit juice is capable of reducing blood
pressure. When the juice was given to rats, their blood pressure
dropped, followed by an increase, then a gradual drop.
It is thus possible that the star fruit,
if consumed regularly, can help those suffering from high blood
pressure. The fruits may also help to counter the effects of the many
processed foods we eat which contribute to high blood pressure.
In another study, star fruit juice
displayed antibacterial properties. Bacteria such as staphylococcus,
which cause a number of ailments ranging from indigestion to skin
problems, were found to be effectively controlled with the undiluted
juice of the star fruit. The juice attacked the multiplying bacteria,
reducing their number and thereby controlling their activity and hence
any infection they could be causing.
This tasty fruit contains a lot of
water-92 percent-and is also very rich in nutrients. Its vitamin C
content is 25 mg for every 100 g edible portion, which is about 200
percent higher than that in fruits such as apples and pears.
The star fruit is also on of the richest
sources of vitamin A. Every 100 g edible portion of the fruit has 155
mcg of vitamin A. It also contains some B-vitamins (thiamin,
riboflavin), calcium and iron. Protein, fat and carbohydrate are
present in small amounts.
According to some traditional beliefs,
star fruit juice could be rubbed gently on the face to help maintain a
clean, pimple-free complexion. And when rubbed on the hair, it is
believed to be able to remove dirt and even dandruff. So consuming
fruits such as the star fruit is really beneficial.