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Carambola is an evergreen tree with a height of about 5 m, which has a soft, dark green leaves and massive, greenish-yellow fruits that resemble a star. Carambola therefore also called starfruit. The fruits of carambola does not need cleaning. As their skins are edible. There are two types: sweet and sour-sweet.
The cannon contains a large number of organic acids and mineral substances. In addition, fruits are rich in vitamins C, B1, B2, B5 and beta-carotene.
Carambola is an excellent prevention of beriberi, especially during the spring exacerbation. Besides, it stimulates the immune system, preventing penetration into the body of pathogenic microorganisms and infections. The leaves also contain antioxidants and volatile, and therefore the decoctions of them are used as an antipyretic for headache. Seeds or their powder, able to deal with asthma.
The fruits of carambola are very low calorie. Their use in a larger number did not affect on the shape and on the contrary, as they are excellent fat burners.
As mentioned above, in addition to unique appearance and unique taste of carambola is a source of vitamins. It is especially rich in vitamins B1 and B2. B1, or thiamin, strengthens the nervous system. The body is unable to accumulate in the right amount, so you need to constantly replenish its reserves, and this fruit is the best remedy. Regular intake of the fruits improves memory, relieves irritability, fatigue and apathy.
Another important ingredient is vitamin B2. Its mission is to improve the function of the thyroid gland, and to restore reproductive function. That is why carambola is considered great afrodisiaco, which increases libido. The fruit of this tree, there is no particular season they delivered to our latitudes all year round, so you can regularly replenish the vitamin supply even in the cold of winter.
Carambola is very much appreciated in cooking. Her tasty cooking and not even canned to save the entire stock of nutrients unchanged. It is recommended to use it raw or in a salad. Carambola is added to the fruit sauces and pastries, but only in combination with something else. Perfectly complemented by citrus. Often used as decoration of dishes.
Fruits, leaves and seeds of this plant are widely used in cosmetology. Essential oils and powders from them add in masks, creams, shampoos, conditioners and lotions. Wide spread and it has acquired in folk medicine. The juice of carambola able to accelerate the process of blood clotting, treats hemorrhoids and fever. Crushed leaves and paste them on the basis of instantly relieve headaches, heal wounds and helps to fight against eczema and other skin diseases.
In the root of the tree contains glutamic acid. It cleanses the body of toxins and is an excellent vermifuge. Seed powder carambola even give to children with colic.
The fruit of carambola contains large amounts of oxalic acid. For this reason, it is not recommended for people with gastritis, ulcers and other problems with the stomach and intestines, as the acid can eventually damage the lining.
Eating fruits in large quantity can cause allergic reaction and also cause serious damage to the kidneys. Sometimes there is a violation of the salt balance. For this reason, before you use such an exotic fruit regularly, you should consult a dietitian and make allergic tests.