Durian is a fruit that is not well known outside of Asia, but it has amazing health benefits. The fruit has a strong unpleasant smell but tastes sweet. The center of the fruit is syrupy, soft and compared to custard. However, the smell is so strong that many hotels ban it from their premises. Durian is not harvested like other fruit; it is left to ripen on the tree and then fall to the ground.
Durian is grown in South East Asia, where it is know as “The King of Fruits.” Durian fruit has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, and women consume the ashes of scorched durian skins after childbirth to assist with their recovery. At harvest time, local villagers in the area make sure the ground under the trees is clear and they spend two months living at the site in order to gather the fruit at the height of its healing benefits.
Villagers use durian leaves to create mixtures for the treatment of skin conditions and to reduce swelling. The anti-inflammatory health benefit of durian is being studied, and many nutritionists believe that eating durian fruit will lower fevers, treat jaundice and reduce cholesterol.
Durian is high in iron, which assists in the body in white blood cell production. It is the job of white blood cells to stave off infection. Many researchers claim that the infection fighting health benefits of durian fruit can treat yeast infections and that simply eating durian fruit can cure thrush.
Other health benefits of durian fruit come from its high levels of antioxidants. Durian’s amino acids as well as its Vitamins B, C and E levels have many people comparing it to the goji berry. Antioxidants, like the ones found in durian, curb the cell destruction that free radicals such as pollution cause. Antioxidants not only have health benefits, they also slow down the aging process and keep skin youthful.
Tryptophan is the amino acid durian contains. Serotonin is created and its levels controlled by tryptophan. Serotonin is the hormone that regulates emotions, specifically feelings of happiness. Low levels of serotonin can make people temperamental, short tempered and depressed. The tryptophan found in durian will boost serotonin levels, which means that consuming durian fruit provides both physical and emotional health benefits.