Durians Health Benefits

Durians Extraordinary Health Benefits

Eating durian fruit can provide numerous health benefits although in depth knowledge on the full spectrum is still considered limited. Durian has been consumed for centuries across South East Asia however it has only recently gained a more global following. Demand specifically for Musang King has raised Durian’s profile and interest globally with researchers beginning to take notice of its unique properties. For example, in 2017 researchers from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) used state of the art sequencing platforms to map the genome of the Musang King Durian. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Genetics, and revealed that the Durian genome comprises about 46,000 genes, almost double that of humans who have 23,000 genes. Durian fruit is naturally rich in potassium, dietary fibre, iron, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B complex. It has also been found to have high anti-oxidant properties which are believed to provide anti-aging and cancer related benefits.  

BenefitDescription
1) Source of Energy100 grams results in approximately 21% of one’s daily carbohydrate requirement.
2) Natural Anti- DepressantDurian is naturally rich in Vitamin B6 which is essential for the production of serotonin.
3) Bones & TeethCalcium, Potassium and Vitamin B makes Durian beneficial for maintaining healthy teeth and bones and for fending off osteoporosis.
4) Delays AgingIt’s high Vitamin C content and anti-oxidant properties slow down the aging process.
5) Healthy Digestive SystemIts high dietary fibre content helps in promoting and easing bowl movements. It also helps facilitate the digestive process and alleviates constipation, bloating, excess flatulence, heartburn as well as indigestion and diarrhoea.
6) Maintains Blood Sugar LevelsThe presence of manganese aids in the regulation and maintenance of blood sugar levels.
7) Enhances Red Blood Cell FormationDurian contains high amount of folate or folic acid as well as iron which is essential in the production of haemoglobin. Deficiency in haemoglobin can lead to fatigue, headaches and insomnia. Durian is thus extremely beneficial to anaemic patients.
8) Prevents Cardiovascular DiseaseThe presence of Organosulfur Compounds inhibits the formation of blood clots and helps control inflammatory enzymes. This helps prevent heart attacks and strokes.
9) Improves MemoryDurians Vasodilating properties promote cognitive function and memory, and reduce the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
10) Cancer FightingHigh anti-oxidant levels fend off the harmful effects of free radicals which are effective in fighting cancer. The high dietary fibre content in Durian also helps stave off colorectal cancer.