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Powerfoods: Durian

Durian: The King of Fruits

Nothing comes close to durian for its look and distinguished smell. The scent of this thory fruit can be penetrating, a welcome aromatic smell for its fans but an equal turn-off for others – the same reason durian is banned from many public areas. Nevertheless, durian is a highly valued fruit in Southeast Asian countries; some even paying exorbitant prices for high-grade varieties. The durian belongs to the genus Durio, family of Malvaceae; a large family of plant species which also include hibiscus, okra etc. It is botanically known as Durio zibethinus.

  • Contains high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid known to alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and create feelings of happiness, by raising levels of serotonin in the brain
  • Has high B-complex groups of vitamins; such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1) – rare feature among fruits
  • A good source of copper which plays a role in thyroid metabolism, especially in hormone production and absorption
  • Has high calories and fibre but no cholesterol
  • Said to be a powerful aphrodisiac
  • Durian is also rich in potassium – a key nutrient for healthy bones
  • A strong blood cleanser
  • Durian is rich in vitamin C, E, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, as well as magnesium
  • A good source of folate, also called vitamin B9, needed for the production of normal red blood cells
  • Its high iron content helps white blood cells in our body make specific chemicals that kill-off yeast infection
  • Rich in manganese which aids in regulating blood sugar level
  • The durian have been compared to the goji berry for its high levels of anti-oxidants

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