You’ve probably walked passed it many a time in the supermarket and wondered what it was! Dragon fruit, originally known as pitaya, comes from a night-flowering cactus plant. Originating in Mexico and South America, this fruit is now also grown commercially in Asia. There are a few different varieties of dragon fruit. They have a texture similar to that of kiwi fruit, and a very delicate taste comparable perhaps to a soft pear or watermelon. The great health benefits of this unusual fruit range from improving memory to boosting the body's metabolism.
Because of its ability to lower blood glucose levels naturally, those suffering from diabetes can benefit from eating dragon fruit. Its high protein content makes it beneficial for those needing to boost metabolism. Its Calcium content enables it to assist with strengthening bones naturally. Having a high fibre content, it is ideal for those suffering from constipation or irregular bowel movements. It possesses natural skin moisturizing properties aswell.
It is an excellent antioxidant, which fights the spread of free radicals within the body. It is able to lower cholesterol levels and high blood pressure naturally. It has also been shown to help those suffering from respiratory infections and asthma.
Besides calcium, this special fruit contains a host of other nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), carotene, phosphorus, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), iron, protein, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), carbohydrates, fibre and Vitamin C. Its always great to add new flavors to your diet. I absolutely love Dragon fruit and for me its all about the texture: the white flesh is filled with little black seeds and its crunchy when you bite into it. Yum! Be sure to add it to your shopping list!
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