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Dragon fruit! We’re sure you’ve noshed on this sweet fruit a number of times—then be it in the exotic fruit section of lavish weddings or at a fancy restaurant. As interesting as its name is—especially given its brand-new nomenclature in Gujarat—it’s appearance and taste are even better.
Cultivated all over the world, including southeast Asia, India, and the USA, it is also called ‘pitahaya’ and is native to South America. But call it ‘kamalam’, pitahaya, or anything else you like, this fruit is often ignored—even though it has plenty of health benefits.
Dragon fruit is rich in vitamin c, iron, magnesium, and tonnes of antioxidants. Sweet and crunchy, it is as much of a delight for your health as it is for your taste buds. Don’t believe us? Then read about these five health benefits of dragon fruit:
1. It’s great for your skin
Dragon fruit contains antioxidants and vitamins which are great for your skin. Thanks to the vitamin C in dragon fruit, it can keep your skin glowing, prevent dullness, and reduce signs of ageing.
2. It’s high in fibre and is fat-free
Dragon fruit is high in fibre, low in calories, and fat-free. This is why it can easily be included in your diet, and can play a significant role in keeping your digestive system working smoothly.
3. Promotes good gut health
Dragon fruit contains prebiotics, which ultimately promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach thus helping with indigestion. Prebiotic is a type of fibre that gut-friendly bacteria needs to grow. Thanks to this, dragon fruit also reduces the risk of stomach cancer.
4. It can boost your immune system
Since dragon fruit is rich in vitamin C, it can give your immune system a boost. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which further help your immune system do its job in protecting you from bacteria and germs.
5. Dragon fruit is bursting with iron
Dragon fruit also boosts iron levels in the body. Iron is an essential mineral that allows transportation of oxygen in the body. So if you’re deficient in iron, do give this sweet fruit a chance to be a part of your balance diet.