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Durian and the Health Benefits

August 14, 2013

Durian (Durio zibethinus)is a fruit that thrives in Southeast Asia, though it has been already cultured in the outskirts of the aforementioned region. It is regarded as the “king of fruits” taking into account that it has a large size that can extend to more than 12 inches and 6 inches in diameter. In addition to that, durian emits a strong odor which normally leads to divided views, as there are some who can’t stand the smell of the fruit but nevertheless, there are many who are enthralled by the aroma that the fruit discharges. Moreover, it has garnered the recognition as the “king of fruits” mainly due to its thorn-coated husk coupled with its weighty and/or bulky feature.

Durian trees could go grow up to 50 meters to as low as 25 meters, depending on the species. By the way, durian has 30 recognized species, but only nine of those produce fruits. The only species that flourish in markets across borders is the Durio zibethinus, and the prices vary depending on the season or the level of supply. Well, considering the endless supply of the fruit, durian is generally sold at much cheaper cost. Actually, durian could be bought in different forms as processed products such as durian candy, durian spread and a lot more.

Without a doubt, durian is the choice of almost every household for its distinctive taste despite its undesirable smell, but it doesn’t end up there, because the fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals that cannot be found in other fruits. These vitamins and minerals that durian possesses alleviates certain diseases that include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

 

A. It helps regulate blood sugar levels – Based on studies, durian normalizes blood sugar levels primarily because of its manganese content. Not only that, durian is packed with appropriate levels of sugar which is enough to satiate a human body. It goes without saying that eating a durian is already a complete and healthy meal taking into account that it has sugar and a lot of other vitamins and minerals.

 

B. It boosts immune system – Yes, durian boosts one’s immune system for containing high quantities of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that defends against infectious and/or transmittable free radicals. Needless to emphasize, a durian keeps you away from acquiring flu, cold and other infections.

 

C. Durian strengthens bone structures – The fruit consists of high amounts of calcium which are more than enough to keep your bones healthy and strong. Not only that, durian possesses a good quantity of potassium which likewise improves the bone, in one way or another.

 

D. It helps prevent anemia – Durian contains great quantities of folate, which is essential for the reproduction of red blood cells.

 

E. Durian aids and improves sleep conditions – The fruit is packed with amino acids more popularly known as Tryptophan. The sleeping chemical metabolizes melatonin and serotonin, which are essential in improving mood. In addition to that, with the presence of this sleeping chemical, stress and headache could likely be avoided as well.

 

F. It maintains normal blood pressure – As previously mentioned, durian contains potassium and certain electrolytes which regulate the level of sodium in the body. With these vitamins and minerals, the blood pressure is normalized which then keeps you away from the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

G. Durian improves digestion and delays ageing – the fruit contains high amounts of fiber which helps enhance digestion and thus prevents constipation. On the other hand, durian is packed with high levels of antioxidants that guard the skin from free radicals. In addition to that, the fruit helps improve complexion in one way or another.

 

The above health benefits are just some of the advantages that can be obtained from eating the fruit. All of these and more make durian a very special fruit.

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