The Cancer-Preventive Properties Of Balimbing (Starfruit)

Starfruit is a yellow, oval-shaped fruit with ridges and looks like a star when sliced. It has a sweet flavor with a slightly sour undertone, with a juicy, firm flesh like a grape. The entire fruit can be eaten raw or be added to various dishes.

This superfood has been found to be rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C,  thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, copper, vitamin B9 (folic acid), and vitamin B5.

According to research, starfruit is an antioxidant powerhouse. It is an excellent source of quercetin, gallic acid, and epicatechin which all have powerful antioxidant properties and various health benefits.

These antioxidants help boost the immune system and fight inflammation and oxidative stress in order to prevent or delay the cell damage that causes various types of diseases including cancer, diabetes, dementia, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and many more.

Furthermore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that starfruit extracts have selective anti-brain tumor activities. There were also studies showing that the polyphenolic compounds present in this superfood can counter the mutagenic effects of free radicals and remove them from the body which in turn could prevent liver cancer. Aside from this, its fiber works well in cleaning the colon thus lowering of chances of colon cancer.

Adding Starfruit to Everyday Diet

We can enjoy starfruit’s benefit by always adding it to our diet. Use the star shape to add fruitiness to a green salad. After removing its seeds, it can be puréed or juiced and be added to smoothies and drinks. It can be used in making jam, jelly, or chutney; as a garnish; or cook it with seafood or shellfish dishes.