I absolutely love everything about the Rambutan. It is fun to open, easy to eat, quenches thirst and ends hunger all in one small package.Rambut in Malay and Indonesian means hair. Inside the fruit casing is one nut covered by juicy, sweet and clear to white fleshy fruit. The fruit is easily separated from the seed with the teeth while eating. A Rambutan is easily opened by making a small cut with a knife and then pulling the casing gently apart. There are several edible varieties of Rambutan. Some are green when ripe but most are bright red when at their best for eating.The Rambutan is scientifically close to the lychee fruit but many fruit lovers by far prefer the Rambutan over the Lychee.Rambutan fruit and essence is popular not only for its sweet fresh fruit but is used for making excellent jams, jellies and is also canned with or without the seed.
Nutrients Found In A Rambutan
It’s been determined in studies that Vitamin C is a key antioxidant which protects cells from free radicals and helps with the absorption of iron. Also, copper, which is need for the production of healthy red and white blood cells, along with manganese, which manufactures and activates enzymes in the body.
A study released by the University of Malaysia named Rambutan as a fruit that had both antiseptic qualities and an antimicrobial food. This means the fruit is useful in fight infections both as a topical ointment produced from the juice, but also good for fighting bacteria inside the body as well.
Benefits of Nutrients Found in Rambutan:
Vitamin C – Helps to build tissues, strengthens the immune system, decreased LDL (that’s the bad type) cholesterol and triglycerides. Also is known for its protection against heart disease. Also helps alleviate the symptoms of a Vitamin C deficiency which include fatigue, weakness, aches, rash and gum problems
FIBER – Is necessary to the process of eliminating waste. It’s also beneficial for preventing diverticulitis, gallstones, hemorrhoids, colon cancer, and deep vein thrombosis
PHOSPHORUS – Is the major component of bones and cell membranes. The production of energy and the storage of energy in the cells are depending on phosphorus. It is also an activating element for many of the body’s enzymes, hormones and acts as an important buffer in keeping the body at its pH balance.
CALCIUM – Supports the structure of teeth and bones and it’s needed for the contraction and expansion of blood vessels, muscles and maintain good nervous system functioning. It’s very important to prevent bone loss, which is especially a concern of post-menopausal women.