A fruit rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and low in sugar, sodium, and acid, the plant also contains both antioxidant and antimicrobial activities.

Also known as the Carambola, the star fruit contains oxalic acid, which can be harmful to those suffering from kidney diseases, where side effects include hiccups, vomiting, nausea, and mental confusion, and may be lethal in some cases.

Thought to contain anti-ageing properties, the star fruit leaf extract is commonly found as an ingredient in facial moisturizers and cleansers. A decoction of the leaf is also thought to aid in fever, colon irritation and itching.


last update by M 12/7/2012

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