Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit: 9 Reasons Why You Should Eat More of This Super Fruit

Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, has its origins in Mexico, South America, and Central America. Over time, its cultivation has spread to Southeastern Asia as well, and it is quite a common fruit in the countries of China, Thailand, and Vietnam. Obtained from several cactus species, its succulent stem provides the uniquely delicious fruit with moisture in the arid climates where it grows. The dragon fruit gets its name from the way its peel looks -- like the skin of a dragon, yellow or red with green scales. It has white or red flesh with an abundance of small, black, edible seeds. The fruit can be either sweet or sour -- depending on the species -- and it has a crunchy texture.

Dragon fruits have a surprising number of phytonutrients. Rich in antioxidants, they contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10 percent of the daily value), polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. They also contain minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus.

While it may seem a little strange at first, it's easy to get to the fruit. Simply slice lengthwise and either scoop out the flesh, or quarter it and peel back the leathery skin. Eat only the white part with seeds, removing any residual pink parts, which are bitter.

Here are 9 reasons why you should eat more of this exotic tropical super fruit:

Anti-Aging
Eating a dragon fruit with its rich antioxidants can keep the skin tight and young. You can even make a face mask using the fruit combined with honey as a natural alternative to anti-aging masks.

Boost Immune System
The more vitamin c, the better. Yes, the high levels of vitamin c in dragon fruit are one of the strongest assets to your body’s immune system. They stimulate the activity of other antioxidants in the body as well. They actively seek out and eliminate free radicals, the dangerous byproducts of cell metabolism.

Boost Digestive System
Dragon fruit has a high fiber content, which can assist with poor digestion and constipation. Eating the flesh and seeds, which contain good protein, will keep your body fortified and satisfied. So let’s clean up that digestive tract by eating more of this super fruit.

Prevent High Blood Pressure
There are two main factors associated with elevated blood pressure; stress and stiffened arteries. Considering that dragon fruit essentially cleanses the interior of your body, it will assist in maintaining healthy tissue within and around your heart.

Improve Cardiovascular Health
Dragon fruit helps in reducing your cholesterol levels, which promotes cardiovascular health. It also controls the oxidative damage caused by free radicals and reduces the stiffness of arteries, which lowers the risk of a heart attack.

Active Antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules that combat free radicals that are roaming around your body. These elements are known to cause massive problems to the human body (even cancer). Dragon fruit is jam-packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals and prevent them from messing with your vital functions. The more of this fruit you can ingest, the easier it will be for your body to go through a simple detox to maintain a healthier lifestyle and stronger immune system.

Fight Diabetes
The high amount of fiber in dragon fruit can ultimately help regulate diabetes, as it can stabilize blood sugar levels by suppressing sugar spikes. But always consult your doctor first to make sure this is a good food for you.

Treat Acne and Sunburned Skin
Dragon fruit is a great topical ointment to treat acne and sunburned skin. Thanks to its rich content of vitamin C and B3. For acne treatment, Turn a slice of dragon fruit into a paste and apply it to the reddened areas on your face or skin, then rinse with water. For best results, use twice daily. By combining dragon fruit with cucumber juice and honey, you can create a compound much like aloe that can soothe burned skin. Its vitamin B3 content can moisturize sunburned skin and release heat from the affected area.

Help in Weight Management
This exotic fruit will get your appetite under control because it’s very rich in fiber and incredibly low in calories. It will help you feel full for longer than other fruits. It will also boost your metabolism rate and improve your weight management.

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