10 Health Benefits of Durian

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You either hate this fruit or love it. But do you know what eating durian does to your health?

Who haven’t heard of durian? With its edible flesh which emits a strong and penetrating odor even when the husk is unopened, it is the only fruit that is either loved or hated. Some people find its smell sweet, while others find it disgusting. For durian aficionados, the flesh is rich, buttery smooth and luscious. Its finger-licking deliciousness incomparable to other fruits that they referred the durian as “the king of fruits.”

But beyond its delectableness, durian boasts of a host of health-promoting goodness.

1.       Avoids and relieves constipation (Fiber)

Durian is rich in fiber, an important nutrient which absorbs water and expands in the digestive tract to gently and effectively speed up the process of moving bulk through the system.

2.       Helps prevent anemia (Folate)

Anemia is not always caused by lack of iron in the body. Folate deficiency can cause a type of anemia called pernicious anemia. Folate, also called vitamin B9, is needed for the production of normal red blood cells (RBC). Durian is a good source of folate.

3.       Promotes healthy skin (Vitamin C)

Vitamin C is an in important factor in making collagen, an important protein found in the skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It plays an important role in wound healing, and every cup of durian contains 80% of the RDA of vitamin C.

4.       Helps maintain healthy bones (Potassium)

Durian is also rich in potassium. When talk is about bone health, most would only focus on calcium. But potassium is also a key nutrient for healthy bones. It conserves calcium by preventing too much from being excreted in the urine.

5.       Regulates blood sugar levels (Manganese)

Durian can aid in regulating blood sugar levels through the help of its rich manganese content.

6.       Helps maintain a healthy thyroid (Cooper)

When it comes to thyroid health, iodine is probably the only nutrient that most people associate it with. The trace mineral copper also plays a role in thyroid metabolism, especially in hormone production and absorption. Durian is a good source of copper.

7.       Aids in digestion (Thiamin)

The king of fruits is also brimming with thiamin, a B vitamin which promotes a normal appetite and helps produce hydrochloric acid in the stomach for proper digestion of food.

8.       Helps relieve migraines (Riboflavin)

Are you suffering from migraines? Munching on durian might help ease the pain. Riboflavin is another B vitamin found in durian which helps and is used to treat migraine headaches.

9.       Helps fight depression (Vitamin B6)

Durian also contains vitamin B6. Lack of vitamin B6 in the body may lead to depression. Studies have shown that depressed patients are low in vitamin B6, one of the nutrients essential in producing serotonin, a neorotransmitter chemical that affects mood.

10.       Promotes healthy teeth and gums (Phosphorous)

One cup of durian contains phosphorus. Although calcium is one of the best-known nutrients for healthy teeth and gums, calcium cannot build teeth without  phosphorus.

Nutrient data source: USDA

http://healthmad.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-durian/

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