5 Amazing Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit.
Yes, you did read the title correctly. Today I’m talking about Dragon Fruit! Also called Pithaya or Strawberry Pear this uniquely shaped fruit is known for its red skin and sweetly – speckled pulp. The relatively never seen before fruit is fast becoming popular among the health conscious due to the multitude of health benefits associated with its consumption.
Dragon Fruit is low on calories, packed with essential vitamins and minerals (Vitamin E, C and Carbohydrates) and is an excellent source of Magnesium – 18% of the recommended daily intake in one cup. The fruit may also fight chronic disease by preventing cell damage and inflammation due to the high levels of antioxidants it contains. Studies have shown that diets high in antioxidants may help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, Cancer, Diabetes and Arthritis. Remember antioxidants work best when consumed naturally in food, rather than a pill or supplement.
Strawberry Pear is also loaded with fibre, which assists greatly in the digestive process. However, if you are used to a low fibre diet (in order to avoid discomfort) increase your intake of dietary fibre gradually and drink plenty of water. The fruit can also give you a rather healthy gut because it contains prebiotics which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut – regular consumption can reduce the risk of infection in your digestive tract.
The Flu season is upon us and Dragon Fruit can help!
Consuming the fruit can give your immune system an immense boost because of its high Vitamin C content (9% of the RDI per cup)
Although indigenous to South America, Pithaya (Dragon Fruit) can now be found at your local supermarket being sold either whole or cut in to medium sized ready to eat cubes.