Carambola: The Forbidden Fruit for Patients with Renal Disorders

Michelle K. James *

School of Allied Health, College of Medical Sciences University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus, Guyana.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Five-Finger is very popular across the ten administrative regions, but especially on the Coastal Plains of Guyana. Never was taught that it is forbidden to those with renal diseases. Thus, it has been discovered that this favorite and versatile fruit to many has its darker side, especially for people with renal disorders or poor kidney functions. The focal area of interest in this study. Carambola is also credited with similar characteristics to watermelon and papaya fruits, due to similar characteristics in nutrients, and health benefits. Therefore, Carambola, star fruit /five-finger has been scientifically proven to have negative effects on health if taken while experiencing the presence of chronic kidney disease, gastroenteropathies, chronic pancreatitis, and dehydration. Consequently, it is recommended that the fruit be taken in moderation by persons who are not predisposed to the caramboxin and oxalate substances in the fruit, and anyone who is diagnosed with renal issues or kidney disease is advised to avoid the consumption of carambola in any form.

Keywords: Gut health, Carambola, kidney disease, gastroenteropathies, caramboxin, oxalic acid

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James, Michelle K. 2024. “Carambola: The Forbidden Fruit for Patients With Renal Disorders”. International Journal of Biochemistry Research & Review 33 (6):1-10.


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