Written by: Darlene Esmeralda

Dragon fruit or red pitaya belongs to the Cactaceae family from the subfamily Cactoidea of the tribe Cactea.[1] The Dragon fruit is  indigenous to Central America exported from several Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Bangladesh , Pitahaya plants can have up to 4-6 fruiting cycles per year.[2]

Pitaya or Dragon fruit is also known to have some health benefits. Below are the health benefits of this amazing fruit.

HEALTH BENEFITS FROM DRAGON FRUIT[3]

  • Dragon fruit promotes healing of wounds and cuts.
  • Dragon fruit improves appetite.
  • Dragon fruit improves eye sight
  • Dragon fruit can aid in weight reduction
  • Dragon fruit improves memory
  • Dragon fruit boosts immune system. Dragon fruit is rich in vitamin C and fibers that help provide an overall healthy body.
  • Dragon fruit was rich in fiber that helps in digesting  food
  • Dragon fruit help to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes
  • Dragon fruit is rich in minerals and fibers that aids in digestion, cleans toxic ingredients thus preventing the occurrence of colon cancer.
  • Dragon fruit as anti-oxidant.
  •  Dragon fruit is also rich in flavonoids that are known to have favorable effects against cardio related disease.
  • Help against asthma and cough

Have you ever tried a dragon fruit before? What do you think of it?


[1]http://www.medicalhealthguide.com/articles/dragonfruit-healthbenefits.htm
[2] http://www.foods4betterhealth.com/dragon-fruits-taste-8223
[3] Refer to [1]

 

 

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