Kasturi is the typical tropical plant which is from Borneo with its Latin name Mangifera casturi. Because of deforestation, this plant is difficult to found in the Borneo forest. As this plant is going to become extinct, it has entered into the red list of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). It means the plant is found only in the area of conservation not in natural habitat.
Health Benefits of Kasturi Fruit
The Kasturi fruit is small in size with the delicious taste and fragrant aroma. Along with the good taste, it has various health benefits:
1. Rich in vitamins
The musk of the fruits is loaded with Vitamin C, E and A. Vitamin C helps to prevent the diseases and canker sores. Vitamin A helps to maintain eye health. It is rich in potassium as well which helps to function the organs properly, maintains blood pressure and contraction bibs. Vitamin E helps to maintain the healthy skin.
2. Maintaining skin health
Due to the presence of high antioxidants, it helps to eliminate the free radicals and protects skin from air pollution. The presence of AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) which is found in the fruit skin musk helps in skin rejuvenation and speeds up the dead skin cells exfoliation.
3. Preventing cancer
Musk of the Kasturi fruit helps to prevent from cancer. The Kasturi fruit also possess the compounds such as astragalin, kuersentin, gallic acid, filsetin and metilgallat.
4. Increase in appetite
The sour taste is derived from the Khususnyaa citric acid in the fruit musk. Kasturi has the acid composition of 0.31% to 0.71%. The combination of sweet and sour taste helps to trigger the appetite increased.
5. Safe for the Hypertension patients
Kasturi possess the minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, selemium, iron, phosphorus, copper and manganese. In comparison to the vitamin levels, the presence of mineral is less. The ratio of the potassium and sodium is found in lower amounts. This makes the consumption of Kasturi fruit safe for the high blood pressure patients.
6. Sources of Energy
The carbohydrates are present in the form of starch, cellulose and sugars such as fructose, glucose in Kasturi fruit. The sugar which is found in fruits helps to provide energy which is utilized directly by the body.
7. Protect the digestive tract
The natural fiber which is found in the Kasturi fruit helps to protect the digestive tract.
8. Improve the immune system
The consumption of Kasturi fruit helps to boost the immunity as it is loaded with vitamins and carotenoids.
9. Optimize eye health
The musk is rich in carotene and the flesh of the fruit is orange in color. The presence of Vitamin A and carotene helps to enhance the eye health.
10. Lowering cholesterol evil
The presence of bad cholesterol in huge amounts affects the heart health and liver. The musk of the fruit helps to reduce the bad cholesterol.