The unique characteristics of the durian fruit earned it the title of “King of Fruits” particularly in the South-East Asian countries. Durian is generally a large fruit, juicy, soft and actually delicious even if it has a very distinctive odor. People have diverse opinions regarding the intense odor of the durian fruit. Some people appreciate the peculiar smell of durian while others are disgusted over its strong and penetrating odor.
The scientific name of durian is Durio Zibethinus and is indigenous to Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Tropical in nature, it takes 4-5 years from the time it was planted before a durian tree bears fruits. Normally, there is a certain season that the fruits are abundantly available. You can enjoy bountiful harvest of durian fruits usually from June until August. This is the same time other tropical fruits such as mango, jackfruit and mangosteen are also in season. This fruits may be well known for its unique smell but there are also notable health benefits of durian.
1. Durian is packed with vitamin C which is a major element in producing collagen, a protein that helps keep the skin, bones, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons healthy. Collagen is also an important factor for wounds to heal faster.
2. Eating durian is also good for the digestive system. The durian fruit contains thiamin (vitamin B-1). It is a B vitamin that helps normalize the appetite. Thiamin is also a key factor in the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid plays an important role in the proper digestion of food in your stomach.
3. Durian also contains adequate amount of pyridoxine (vitamin B6) which helps produce serotonin in the body. Lack of serotonin affect a person’s mood and may lead to depression. To fight depression, make sure you get your daily dose of vitamin B6 from the foods you eat.
4. Calcium is not the only nutrient that helps make the bone healthy. Potassium is equally important in keeping the bones healthy. Durian is rich in potassium. Aside from your calcium requirement, you may want to support it with a dose of potassium to maintain healthy bones.
5. One of the most important health benefits of durian is that the fruit aids in the prevention of diabetes. We all know that diabetes is the result of having extremely high blood sugar levels. Manganese is a nutrient that helps regulate the blood sugar level. Durian has high manganese content. Even if you are not diabetic, you might as well get your daily dose of manganese to help regulate your blood sugar level and prevent diabetes.
6. The sufficient amount of Riboflavin (29%) of durian can help relieve migraines and headaches. If you have headache or if it has gone to the next level which is migraine, getting a dose of Riboflavin to your system will somehow relieve the pain. You can directly get this B vitamin from eating durian.
7. Tropical fruits like jackfruit, avocado and banana are basically rich in vitamins, minerals and energy-giving nutrients. Durian is no exception and every 100 grams of fresh durian fruit provides 147 calories. The soft flesh of durian is easy to digest and contain simple sugars such as sucrose and fructose. Both sugars help rejuvenate the body by replenishing lost energy. While the fat content of durian is relatively high, durian is cholesterol-free and has no saturated fats.
8. For your dietary fiber requirement, you may include durian to your diet. Being high in fiber content, durian can serve as your good bulk laxative. One of the many functions of fiber in the body is to help lessen the exposure to toxins, therefore protecting the mucous membrane of the colon. Fiber is also responsible in binding the cancer-causing chemicals in the gut and in the process flushing them out from your body.