The brown spiky fruit of Durian (belongs to the genus Durio) is one of the most popular fruits in Asia. Known as the “King of Fruit” due to its unusual taste, this alcoholic fruit is also hated because of its strong unpleasant smell. As long as it is not consumed excessively, Durian has many health benefits as follows:
A good antioxidant. Durian contains high amount of vitamin C, wide range of vitamin B and vitamin E that play vital role in the anti-aging process of the body. Vitamin C in particular is an important component for making collagen, thus consuming
Maintaning healthy bones, controlling heart rate and blood pressure. The high level of potassium contained in Durian is important in keeping the blood pressure and heart rate in healthy level. In addition, the potassium conserves calcium in our bones and joints, making them healthy and strong.
Promote stronger immune system. Durian is rich in iron which is essential in producing white blood cells. Enough amounts of these cells help fight infections and build stronger immune system.
Stress reliever. The amino acids called Tryptophan contained in Durian help in promoting happy feelings. Tryptophan boosts serotonin and melatonin level, the hormones that regulates our emotions. Serotonin can alleviate depression, insomnia and anxiety. The higher the level of serotonin in our body, the happier we become. These hormones also control sleeping function and can be used in the epilepsy treatment.
Good source of energy. Durian is a high-calorie fruit. It provides 147 calories in
Prevents constipation and promotes appetite. The fruit is rich in dietary fiber. The fiber absorbs excess water and makes it easy for the bulk to go through our digestive tract. Durian is also rich in thiamine and niacin that produce hydrochloric acid that helps digestion and promotes appetite.
Prevents anemia. Durian contains good amount of folate, copper and iron that are required in the production and formation of red blood cell. Red blood cells deficiency leads to anemia. Copper is also important to maintain healthy thyroid.
Migrain reliever. The high level of riboflavin (vitamin B2) helps easing the pain of migraines.
Stabilize blood sugar level. Durian is rich in manganese that can regulate blood sugar level.
Maintain healthy teeth. Phosphorus contained in a Durian is very important for building teeth, for your information calcium alone cannot build healthy teeth and gums. It always takes two: Calcium and Phosphorus.