This exotic fruit has amazing properties.
With its spikes and vibrant red hues, a dragon fruit looks very much like the cooler sibling of pineapple. Dragon fruits actually belong to the cactus species and originated from Central America. Considered a tropical ‘superfood’, the dragon fruit is said to have many beneficial properties. Here are some of them.
Improves heart health
Bet you didn’t know that dragon fruit is beneficial to your heart. The black seeds are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which can reduce the risk of heart diseases.
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Keeps your waistline in check
A small dragon fruit (198g) has a mere 60 calories. It’s also high in water content, filling you up without packing on excessive calories.
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Slows down negative effects of ageing
Dragon fruit helps your skin stay soft and supple. It’s packed with antioxidants that are essential for maintaining your skin by getting rid of free radicals, one of the causes of aging.
Lycopene, which is responsible for giving red dragon fruit its colour, also contains antioxidants. Lycopene is said to prevent cancers including lung, ovary and breast cancer.
Helps you hit your fibre intake
Dragon fruit is high in fibre. 100g of the fruit contains 3g fibre which is more than double that of pineapple, which has only 1.4g. Gram for gram, its fibre content also trumps other fruits like apple (2.4g), and banana (2.6g).
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Keeps you strong
Dragon fruit is also rich in vitamin C. A 100g serving contains 500mg of vitamin C, meeting 10 to 15 per cent of your daily recommended vitamin C intake. Sufficient vitamin C ensures a faster recovery and repair of muscle tissues.