Durian fruit is delicious, soft and sweet from inside but has thorny spikes that cover the exteriors. In South-East countries, it is referred to as “King of Fruits”. The flesh emits a very strong smell, which could ideally dissuade a first-time eater from trying it. Despite possessing a very strong odor, it has a unique taste and it is packed with nutrients. The fruit does not contain any cholesterol but is a great source of dietary fiber and protein. Here is a list of some of the benefits offered by the ‘King of Fruits’.
1. Encourages A Healthy Digestive: Thanks to dietary fiber found in it, durian helps in easing bowel movement. This in turn keeps away constipation and improves the power of digestion. The presence of thiamin and niacin improves appetite as well as digestive power, thus ensuring that your digestive system stays healthy.
2. Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure: Durian is packed with potassium which is an essential electrolyte important for regulating blood pressure, sodium levels, and a sound heart beat. Regular intake of this fruit can thus ward off hypertension and associated medical conditions.
3. Maintains Blood Sugar Levels: Durian is a good source of manganese which aids in the regulation and maintenance of blood sugar levels. Hence, it can be relished by diabetics without any fear.
5. Regulates Sleep Cycle: Durian fruit contains a natural sleep-activating amino acid- tryptophan. Tryptophan- also known as nature’s sleeping pill that is important to inducing sleep because it metabolizes sleep hormones. Studies show that increasing tryptophan intake can decrease sleep onset latency- the length of time it takes to fall asleep. This makes durian fruit a naturopathic cure for mild insomnia or sleeplessness.
6. Delays Aging: This fruit is extremely rich in vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to keep the oxidative stress prompted by free radicals at bay. The lower the oxidative stress levels, the slower the aging process.
7. Boosts Energy: With roughly 66 grams of carbs per serving, this eccentric fruit can be a great aid to athletes, workout junkies, or anyone looking for an extra jolt of energy. While this high carb content may come off as alarming- it shouldn’t be. Durian fruit consists of complex carbs, which are broken down and digested throughout the day- unlike simple sugars. Because of this, durian fruit has a low glycemic index (44-54), making it a diabetic-friendly energy booster.