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Dragon Fruit Benefits

Updated on September 29, 2015
Dragon fruit cut into two pieces.
Dragon fruit cut into two pieces. | Source

Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is also called as Pitaya in some places. The overall shape of the fruit resembles a dragon and hence it is called Dragon fruit. It is usually dark red in color with a thin skin, which is covered in scales and cactus-like. When the fruit is cut into, it is amazing to see the beautiful combination of white pulp with small, black, edible seeds. The pulp is not only beautiful to see, but also very delicious. Pitaya is indigenous to Central America, but it is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries. These fruits are rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus.

Dragon Fruit Benefits

There are several benefits of Dragon fruit, and some of the main benefits are given below.

  • Helpful in cardiovascular health. Dragon fruit has an amazing superpower that helps decrease bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels. Since it is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, the contents of this fruit help the heart stay in good condition.
  • Relieves Constipation - The high fiber content in the fruit removes constipation and keeps your body fortified and healthy.
  • Prevents Cancer - Since Dragon fruit is high in antioxidants it removes free radicals and cancer producing properties from the body.
  • Regulates Diabetes - Dragon fruit also stabilizes blood sugar levels by suppressing sugar spikes in the blood and hence it is a good fruit for the diabetic patients.
  • Reduces signs of aging. - This wonderful fruit has the ability to make the skin tight and young.
  • Prevents acnes - Pitaya also prevents acnes for the teenagers if used as face pack.
  • Moisturizes sunburned skin - Since it is rich in Vitamin B3 when used as a face pack it also moisturizes sunburned skin.
  • Immunity booster - Since it contains high amount of vitamin C it is a sure immunity booster.
  • Low Cholesterol - It contains low amount of cholesterol.
  • Weight management - Since it is low in calories it is helpful to keep your weight under control.

By adding this exotic fruit to your diet good health can be achieved. However, pregnant and lactating mothers should consult their doctor before its use.

Nutrition Facts of Dragon Fruits

The typical nutritional values per 100 g of raw pitaya (of which 55 g are edible) are as follows:

  • Water 80-90 g
  • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 4–25 mg
  • Ash 0.4-0.7 g
  • Calcium 6–10 mg
  • Calories: 35-50
  • Carbohydrates 9-14 g
  • Carotene (Vitamin A) traces
  • Fat 0.1-0.6 g
  • Fiber 0.3-0.9 g
  • Iron 0.3-0.7 mg Niacin (Vitamin B3) 0.2-0.45 mg
  • Phosphorus 16 – 36 mg
  • Protein 0.15-0.5 g
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1) traces
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) traces

These figures are subject to change as per cultivation conditions.

Ref: http://www.medicalhealthguide.com/articles/dragonfruit-healthbenefits.htm

Dragon fruit
Dragon fruit | Source

Other names of Dragon fruit

Botanical name: Hylocereus undatus

The other names of Dragon fruit are Pitaya, Red Pitahaya, Night blooming Cereus, Strawberry Pear, Belle of the Night, conderella plant.
Other common names:
French: cierge-lezard, poire de chardon
German: distelbirn, echte stachelbirn, drachenfrucht
Hawaiian: Pa-nani-o-ka
Portoguese: cato-barse, cardo-ananaz
Spanish: pitahaya roja (Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela); flor de caliz, pitajava (Puerto Rico); junco, junco tapatio, pitahaya orejona, reina de la noche, tasajo (Mexico)
Swedish: skogskaktus, röd pitahaya

References

http://www.medicaldaily.com/benefits-dragon-fruit-6-health-reasons-eat-more-exotic-fruit-341194

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-surprising-benefits-dragon-fruit-you-never-knew.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/81272-dragon-fruit-nutrition/

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies.

How to consume Dragon fruits

Dragon fruits can be consumed in several ways. They can be eaten just as fruit or made into jams, puree, sherbets, salads, fruit pizza, and juice.

While choosing the dragon fruit, the petals should be brightly colored, without browning on the ends.

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    • lex123 profile image
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      lex123 22 months ago

      I'm glad to know that you too love dragon fruits. Yes, they are comparatively expensive, and also eating is a somewhat funny experience. Thanks for your comments.

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      Jewels 22 months ago from Australia

      I looooooove Dragon fruit but unfortunately don't get it locally and if it is supplied it's very expensive. I remember the first time I tried it, it was the red one. The flavor was different than I had experienced and there was an after experience as if the etheric from the fruit opened once it was past my throat. Yummm!

    • lex123 profile image
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      lex123 22 months ago

      Neil, I hope you will enjoy the tasty and nutritious Dragon fruit. Thanks for your encouraging feedback.

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      Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

      I don't think I had ever heard of the Dragon fruit before! funny looking thing! lol! great tips and how to eat, so maybe I will go and see if I can find some and give it a try, thanks!

    • lex123 profile image
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      lex123 2 years ago

      Thank you Chitrangada for the comments. I too came to know about the various benefits of this exotic fruit recently, then started buying it occasionally. Then I wanted to share the its benefits with others, and hence this hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and informative hub!

      Dragon fruit sounds delicious with lots of health benefits. I have not seen this earlier. Your pictures and video are quite helpful too.

      Thanks for this useful information!

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