The dragon fruit, like the cactus pear, belongs to the cactus family. With its unique shape and vibrant colours, it blooms at night and hence is referred to by names such as Lady of the Night and Moonflower. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it has a great many health benefits as well. The dragonfruit is a goldmine when it comes to nutritional value.
Rich in Nutrients and Minerals
The dragonfruit is rich in Vitamin C, and other vitamin sources such as B1 as well as B2 and B3. It also contains minerals such as calcium, iron and phosphorus. Apart from that, it is a good source of fiber, protein and contains 80 per cent water. It would therefore be no exaggeration to call it a super fruit! If you are calorie conscious, you will be delighted to know that having a serving of 100 Gms is equivalent to having only 60 calories.
Regular consumption of this fruit can help maintain digestive health and reduce your weight. Since it is low in its content of cholesterol, there is no risk of it harming your heart. On the contrary, it may prevent the onset of any heart disease as it prevents stiffening of arteries and reduces oxidative stress. Those who suffer from arthritis may also benefit from the consumption of dragon fruit. It has anti-inflammatory qualities so swelling of the joints is reduced considerably, when this fruit is consumed on a regular basis. The dragon fruit is also a great source of antioxidants and helps in washing away the toxins from your body and can prevent damage to your health.
How to use the Dragon fruit
When you are buying dragon fruit, avoid buying the overripe ones. It’s best to buy them in their dry condition. It can be consumed raw by just cutting it into two halves and scooping out the middle with a spoon. You can add chunks to salads or enjoy a glass of chilled juice. Dragon fruit is also used as an ingredient to make tasty smoothies. Blend one cup of the pulp of this fruit with half a banana, one cup of fresh coconut water. Add a teaspoon of ginger paste to this mix and you get a drink that tastes heavenly to say the least!
And that is not where the benefits of this fruit end. You can use it as a face pack along with some yogurt. Because of its antioxidant properties, it makes your skin glow and even works as an anti aging agent. Those suffering from acne can greatly benefit from the application of this fruit pulp directly on the affected areas. Leave it on the skin till it dries out and wash it off with warm water. Applying it twice a day can make acne disappear in no time!
So, as you can see, the dragon fruit is indeed packed with goodness of all kinds. This should give you enough reason to include the dragonfruit in your shopping the next time you are out to buy fruits!