Dragon fruit has many health benefits such as help in the overall function of the body’s systems, defend against bacteria and fungi, boost energy, improve digestion, aid in weight loss, prevents cancer and heart disease, boost the immune system and it has ability to lower cholesterol. This is delicious exotic food which is known as tropical super-food. It has many health benefits as we have mentioned previously. It is not very known kind of fruit but it is healthy a lot. This fruit is part of the cactus genus Hylocereus. It has its origin in Central America, South America and Mexico but nowadays this fruit was brought to Southeast Asian nations such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand and Cambodia. It can vary in shape and size and there are sour and sweet pitayas depending on the species. This fruit is smaller than a cantaloupe. It has red color and it is covered in broad spiky growths. There are some studies in which is shown that pregnant women and breast – feeding women can consume dragon fruit and they should not worry about it.
Body metabolism: It is very important for our bodies to have enough amounts of proteins. They can make our bodies to run smoothly because they are intrinsic parts of everything from our tissues, blood vessels and organs to our bones, hair and teeth. Many of the proteins that we gain from food that we consume are metabolized in our bodies and they are turned up in usable proteins that can speed up our metabolism, increase muscle mass and help us lose weight. Dragon fruit is good source of protein that can help us in lot aspects of our health.
Antibacterial and anti – fungal: Dragon fruit has antibacterial and antifungal properties which can boost our immune system. This will increase the count of the white blood cells that will defend our bodies from toxins. Also they will inhibit the entrance or growth of bacterial or fungal infections in our organ systems. They will speed up the healing and stimulate the cell regeneration which means that bruises and wounds will heal faster.
Cancer prevention: Dragon fruit has Vitamin C and antioxidant properties which will boost our immune system. Also they are rich with carotene that has anti – carcinogenic qualities that will help to reduce the size of tumors. This fruit will boost your immune system from every direction. This means that you need to add dragon fruit in your diet if you have a high risk of developing cancer or getting sick or feeling under the weather.
Digestion: You should add dragon fruit in your diet because it has high amounts of fiber. This element will help you to bulk up your bowel movements, help you to have a proper release of digestive juices, stimulate peristaltic motion and facilitate smooth passage through your digestive tract. This means that you will have decreased chances of getting some kinds of diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation and serious diseases such as colorectal cancer.
Vitamin Content: Dragon fruit is rich with vitamins such as Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin C. These vitamins will help you to have normal cholesterol levels, normal function of thyroid system, normal function of carbohydrate metabolism, have a good skin health and normal levels of your blood pressure. Even if you consume a single cup of dragon fruit every day you will get all vitamins that are important for your health.
Cardiovascular health: This exotic fruit has many unique properties. It has no cholesterol and almost no unhealthy-cholesterol-producing fats. It will reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood which means that you will have small chances to develop plaque in your veins and arteries. Also this will help you to reduce your chances of getting strokes, heart attacks and atherosclerosis. Also it has high amounts of nutrients that will positively impact on your body and this is a reason why this food is known as super-food. Also the seeds of this fruit have positive type of fat that will lead to high-density cholesterol (that is known as good cholesterol).