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What Are the Benefits of Star Fruit?

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  • Star fruit, also known as carambola, is a tropical fruit native to Asia that is so-named because a star is revealed when this curious-looking oblong fruit is cut crosswise
  • This waxy green-yellow fruit is entirely edible and contains beneficial amounts of vitamin C, B vitamins, and antioxidant flavonoids such as epicatechin, gallic acid and quercetin
  • Star fruit preparations containing the fruit and leaves have long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of diarrhea, fever, hemorrhoids, skin diseases, vomiting, worm infestations and other conditions
  • While star fruit is well tolerated by most people, due to its unique composition, you will want to avoid it if you take prescription drugs or have a kidney disorder

By Dr. Mercola

Star fruit is an exotic tropical fruit that you can easily grow in your yard if you live in a warm climate such as Florida, like I do. Don't lose heart if you live in a cooler climate because you can grow a star fruit dwarf variety in containers as discussed in the featured video.

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