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Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit

Southeast Asia is home to a number of exotic fruits and vegetables. Some of them are used extensively in salads and desserts. One such fruit is Dragon Fruit.

Pitaya or Dragon fruit is a fruit of the cactus plant which is grown in the tropical and subtropical regions such as Mexico, Southeast Asia, Israel, Latin America and Asia. The fruit comes in three colors: two with pink outer skin, but different colored flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh.

Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit
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All the fruits have spiny green scales with tiny black seeds on the inside. The overall shape resembles a dragon, hence the name Dragon fruit. It has a sweet, crunchy taste with a cross flavour between kiwi and pear.

Here are a few claimed Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit:

 

Anti-inflammatory properties

This anti-inflammatory fruit decreases the irritation of joints. It also alleviates symptoms of arthritis once the swelling in the joints reduce.

Strong heart

It improves the cardiovascular health, by decreasing bad cholesterol levels and increasing good cholesterol levels. It is also a good source of mono saturated fats which helps to keep the heart in good condition.

Regulates blood sugar

The high amount of fibre in the fruit stabilizes blood sugar levels and avoids sugar spikes.

Helps In weight management

This low-calorie fruit contains rich fibres which clean and improve the metabolic system, thereby maintaining a healthy weight.

Bountiful vitamins and minerals

It contains high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, and B3. It is also rich in many important minerals as iron, calcium, phosphorus. And has good proportions of protein, fibre, niacin and 80 percent water.

Healthy lipids

Due to the high content of seeds in the edible portion of Dragon Fruit, it consists of a small amount of healthy monounsaturated fats.

Natural Fiber

It cleanses the digestive system and helps to get better bowel movements, making it a natural solution for constipation.

Youthful antioxidants

There are many Southeast Asian fruits which are rich in natural antioxidants. Dragon Fruit is one among them. It also fights free radicals that cause cancer or unwanted health damages. It also slows down ageing, tightens the skin and makes it look younger and flexible.

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