Star fruit is also called carambola, which is native to tropic and subtropics, and it has abundant nutrient. Besides, more and more people become loving to eating this fruit. Patients with kidney disease may be curious about whether they can eat this fruit, so let us have a understanding about it.
Benefits of carambola
Eating carambola can reduce our body’s absorption to fat, which is good for reducing blood fat and cholesterol, which is beneficial for preventing cardiovascular diseases like hypertension and arteriosclerosis. This function is very helpful for patients with kidney disease, because kidney disease patients often have cardiovascular diseases, and that is a major reason of death cases.
Another benefit of carambola to our health is it has abundant acids, like citric acid, malic acid and oxalic acid, etc, which can improve the acidity of gastric juice, and that can promote our digestion.
Besides, there are abundant sugars, vitamin C and organic acids in carambola. These substances can supply fluid to our body rapidly, and they are also helpful for the excretion of alcohol and heat in our body.
On the other hand
While for patients with kidney disease, eating carambola may not be a good choice. It has been reported that many patients with kidney disease have toxic symptom after they eat carambola. They may have numbness, itching, mental disorders, somnolence, hematuria, and so on. Some scholars said this symptom may have relations with nerve poisoning. In addition, it is also said that this is related to the allergic reaction which is caused by carambola. There may be some substances that can make the basement membrane and upper cells of glomerular capillary injured, which will lead to hematuria.
In fact, these guesses have not been proved so far. But it is true that the symptom of patients with carambola poisoning will have obvious improvement after they have hematodialysis. Thereby, it is better for patients with kidney disease to avoid eating carambola.