The durian fruit has a diverse and rich nutrient values, giving you many health benefits. Just don't smell , eat it only !
Durian is a high fibre food, which is useful to prevent constipation. Durian also reduces the risk of colon cancer; dut to its fibre content, that promote a healthy digestive tissue.
Durians are very rich in the essential amino acid, tryptophan, that is used to produce melatonin (which is sleep hormone) by our bodies, and also serotonin (that helps to regulate sleep and mood and helps the feelings of happiness and well being).
Durians also are rich in antioxidant vitamin C which is very important to the immune system, helping wound healing and protects us against harmful free radicals.
Durian contains the B-complex group of vitamins – niacin, folate, vitamin B5 as well as in higher concentrations, vitamin B6, thiamine and riboflavin. Vitamin B6 supports the immune system and aids the body in breaking down protein, and like tryptophan, helps the body make the neurotransmitter serotonin (to fight depression) and melatonin (to relieve insomnia). Thiamine helps cells convert carbohydrates into energy. It is also essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system. Riboflavin in durians may help to treat migraines.
Durian is rich in potassium, which is very important for bone, and prevents excessive calcium loss through urination. Potassium also important for blood pressure control.
Durian contains Iron and phosphorus (10 times higher than that contained in the banana). Iron is beneficial for preventing anemia; phosphorus for dental health.
Durian as Aphrodisiac (sexual tonic)
The Japanese believe the durian is an aphrodisiac.This aphrodisiac effect was supported by scientists from India, who found that male mice fed durian over a 14-day period, showed increased libido as well as an increase in both their sperm count and sperm mobility.