With a blazing, bright color appearance and a unique name, Dragon Fruit is one delicious fruit that people have taken a fancy to, lately. Abundantly rich in dietary fiber, this superfood houses high concentrations of Vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, iron, phosphorous, and calcium. Dragon fruit is also a good source of antioxidants and phytoalbumins, in particular.

Taking the number of important nutrients into account, a dragon fruit has impressive health benefits to offer, which includes the following:

1. Improves heart health

dragon fruit pulp cut in heart shape
The edible seeds of the dragon fruit is embedded with a high content of monosaturated fat. A single dragon fruit may contain up to thousand seeds, forming a good source of monosaturated fat, which helps to decrease bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels in the blood. This is why it is considered as a heart-friendly fruit.

2. Protects from free radicals

dragon fruit cut in half
Dragon fruit is a potentially rich source of antioxidants that provide safety against the dangers of free radicals, which are known to cause cancer and few chronic diseases. The quality of antioxidants found in a dragon fruit is unmatched as it contains a variety of antioxidants.

3. Provides fiber punch

dragon fruit cut in half
A fresh dragon fruit provides 1 gram of fiber for 100 grams of fruit. The same amount of its dried pulp may yield up to 10 grams of fiber. With an ample concentration of fiber, dragon fruit offers a good solution to constipation and also regulates the blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

4. Contains anti-aging properties

young woman eating dragon fruit
The antioxidants of the dragon fruit keep the skin healthy and wrinkle-free. These antioxidants fight free radicals in the body that may damage the skin. Eating the fruit and applying a mask of its pulp on the face helps in keeping the skin firm and young.

5. Regulates diabetes

young person eating dragon fruit pulp with spoon
The high-fiber content of dragon fruit helps in keeping blood sugar levels under check, by avoiding sugar spikes that may happen after eating meals with starchy ingredients. It certainly makes for a good option in fruits for the diabetics. 

6. Eases arthritis pain

cut dragot fruit pieces decorated on a plate with flowers
Dragon fruit is also called an anti-inflammatory fruit. Adding dragon fruit in your diet helps in reducing swelling around the joints and it makes movement easier by alleviating the symptoms of arthritis.

7. Aids in weight loss

young beautiful woman covering her eyes with slices of dragon fruit
As it is low-calorie fruit with more fiber, dragon fruit makes one feel full for a long duration. Not only does it reduce the calorie load of the meal,  but it also helps in maintaining healthy body weight by improving one’s metabolism.

This beautiful tropical fruit (also known as pitaya) that is found in the vibrant shades of pink, red, and yellow, comprises a sweet, tasteful interior that tastes and looks somewhat like a 'Kiwi'. Make this beautiful fruit your favorite and gain beautiful health benefits out of it.

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About the Author

Vishesh Rohatgi

Dr. Vishesh Rohatgi is a Cardiologist and Head of the Medical Content team. He is an extensive reader and writer. He has a special interest in doing social service and is working with different NGOs in his hometown. His articles have been published in various national and international journals.

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