By Tet Quimpo
“You can never tell a book by its cover” is a metaphorical phrase, which best describes the fruit popularly known as “rambutan”. Despite its bizarre exterior, ‘rambut’ in the fruit-name ‘rambutan’, which means hairy in Malay, has a succulent treat on the inside. Soft and juicy, rambutan resembles the taste of lychee, which are both categorised in the same botanical family. The internal structure of both fruits are relatively similar, with its savoury white flesh and oval seed in the inside, while the exterior of rambutan is bright red in colour.
Rambutan is cultivated mostly in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines for its tropical climate, and grows in trees that are 10 to 20 feet high. Not only is it luscious, but rambutan offers an abundant amount of nutrition and minerals, such as vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, fats, carbohydrates, and has therapeutic qualities that maintain your body’s health.
Rambutan offers an abundant amount of nutrition and minerals, such as vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, fats, carbohydrates.
Here’s to enlighten us on a few of thebenefits of rambutan to the body:
Helps your hair grow healthy
The leaves of rambutan can be used to create a paste by adding a small amount of water to its leaves’ extract, and squeeze onto damp scalp. Everyday use can result to good hair growth.
Strengthens your bones
Rich in calcium, iron and phosphorus, which strengthens your bones, and helps maintain its growth, rambutan also reduces the chance of having bone diseases.
Makes your skin smooth
With its high water content, rambutan hydrates your skin making it soft and smooth. It also helps fight against free radicals in the body, protecting your skin from oxidative damages.
Production of red blood cells and white blood cells
Rich in copper, which is integral in producing red blood cells and white blood cells that protects your body against foreign invaders, rambutan also contains manganese, which helps in the production of the enzymes, which are necessary for carrying out biochemical essentials that helps the body function properly.
Boosts your energy levels
Rambutan is rich in protein, carbohydrates and fat, which are micronutrients that are the body’s sources of energy, and help maintain its normal growth and development. These nutrients are also vital for the central nervous system, as well as the kidney, brain, and muscles to properly function. Like other fruits that are loaded with energy boosters, rambutan is highly recommended for athletes because of its properties.
Source of iron
Consumption of the fruit on a regular basis ensures that your body gets enough amount of iron, which reduces the risk of acquiring anemia. A large percentage of the body’s iron is in the red blood cells, which is the haemoglobin, and is responsible in transferring oxygen in the blood from the lungs to the tissues of the body.
Reduces unwanted fat
Due to its high water and fibre content, while low on calories, the fruit hydrates and decreases the chance of frequent hunger. The fruit’s seeds also help in reducing weight by consuming the crushed seeds mixed with other food.
Treatment for common illnesses
Rambutan is a great cure for common illnesses, such as headaches, thrush and dysentery. The leaves of rambutan tree can be used as a paste, which you can apply on your forehead, resulting to calming the nerves in your head. To treat the thrush, apply the extract of the bark of the fruit on your tongue, while the extract of its roots can be used to treat and lower the fever.
Treatment of dysentery
Dysentery is an infection of the intestines causing severe diarrhoea. However, the disease can be treated by hydrating the body, to gain the loss of fluids caused by vomiting and diarrhoea. Considering that rambutan fruit is high in water, it helps clean out the toxins in the body, and helps replace the lost fluid. Use the cut skin of rambutan and boil it in water. When it’s cool enough, drink it atleast two times a day until you feel better.
Serves as an antioxidant and anti-cancer
Rambutan is found to contain antioxidant properties, which are responsible to protect the body from viral invaders that damage the cells in the body, causing DNAs to mutate which leads to the development of cancer cells. The fruit also contains nutrients and organic compounds, such as manganese and vitamin C, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, and ellagic acid that are dominant anti-carcinogens, preventing the production of cancer cells.
Improves sperm quality
The fruit is abundant with vitamin C, which is the primary substance the body needs to produce more collagens responsible for the formation of connective tissues in bones. It is also a great antioxidant, which is vital for sperm development. Have an intake of at least 500 milligrams of vitamin C in a month to observe an improvement in the production and quality of the sperm.
Treatment for diabetes
By boiling the seed of the fruit and then drinking the extract, this can help in neutralising the blood sugar levels of your body. Another way is to fry the seed, and when it’s black in colour, grind it until it becomes a powder. The powder can also be brewed with hot water to enjoy your drink. This could be a fun way to drink the health benefits of the fruit.
Boost the immune system
The body would get at least 75-90 mg of ascorbic acid when you take 10-12 rambutans a day. Since the fruit contains high amount of vitamin C, it strengthens the defense mechanism of the body, and reduces the risk of infections, as well as protects the body from free radicals. It also helps in the consumption of minerals and nutrients like copper and iron, and a great antioxidant preventing cell damage.
Helps remove wastes from the kidney
With the presence of phosphorus in rambutan, it helps remove the waste from the kidneys, and is fundamental for the development and repair of the tissues and body cells. Aside from phosphorus, it also contains calcium, which is necessary for protecting teeth and strengthening bones in the body.