7 Health Benefits Of Durian That Might Surprise You

This spiky, controversial fruit is actually good for you in many ways.

It’s no secret that durian – available in many variations like Mao Shan Wang and D24 – is well-liked by many Singaporeans. Fans of the fruit can’t get enough of the rich flesh and creamy texture while haters shun its pungent smell, which can be detected miles away. While durian has gained a reputation as a “heaty” food which might cause you to develop a sore throat or fever, there are some surprising health benefits of this incredibly nutrient-rich fruit. Read on to find out more.

1. Durian Makes You Happy (Really!)

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The yummy durian flesh is not the only reason for that smile on your face. This decadent fruit actually has happy chemicals to make you feel good. Durian contains the amino acid tryptophan which gets converted to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that induces feelings of happiness and relaxation. So your mood naturally improves after eating durian.

2. It Also Helps To Regulate Sleep

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Surprise, surprise, the king of fruits can make you sleep better. Tryptophan (an essential amino acid) in durian is converted to melatonin, a hormone that controls your sleep cycle. The higher your melatonin levels, the easier it is to fall asleep. If you have trouble snoozing, swap your usual bedtime snack for durian – just one seed is enough! Remember to gurgle away the durian breath thoroughly after that.

3. Durian controls blood pressure…

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Durian is rich in potassium, an electrolyte that helps to maintain blood pressure levels. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to several health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. According to the latest stats from the Ministry of Health, almost one in four Singapore residents aged 30 to 69 have hypertension.

4. And Is An Excellent Source Of Energy

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Durian is great as a pre-workout snack. It’s high in carbohydrates, which gives a quick release of energy to keep you going strong during exercise. Two medium seeds (54g) contain 89 calories, and give you almost the same amount of carbohydrates as a medium banana.

5. Durian Improves Bone Health

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Iron and copper are minerals that are essential for strong bones. And durian is rich in those minerals. A study by the National Centre For Biotechnology Information showed that having a higher iron intake helped to increase bone density, whereas higher calcium intake had a negligible effect on bones.

6. It Can Even Give You Good Skin

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With 11.6mg of vitamin C per serving (two medium seeds), durian contains more vitamin C than most tropical fruits. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties to fight free radicals in your body, thus reducing the appearance of pigmentation and wrinkles.

Environmental factors like exposure to cigarette smoke and ultraviolet rays from the sun causes free radical damage to the skin.

7. Best Of All, Durian Increases Sex Drive

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Durian is known to be a libido-boosting food among Asians. In fact, there’s a well-known traditional Indonesian saying: When the durians fall, the sarong goes up.

The Malaysian government is looking to do a comprehensive study on the aphrodisiac value of durians. Even if durian doesn’t improve your libido significantly, it contains many vitamins and minerals that are great for your overall well-being. Win-win!

Important Notice: This article was originally published at www.livelovefruit.com by Carly Fraser where all credits are due.