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Dragon fruit and its Nutrition facts- Benefits

Pitahaya or Dragon fruit refers to fruit of the genus Hylocereus, both in the family Cactaceae. The dragon fruit is cultivated in Southeast Asia, Florida, the Caribbean, Australia, and throughout tropical and subtropical world regions.

Good news is , now its being caltivated in Bangladesh and found easily in the local markets especially in Dhaka. You can find this fruit in May, June , July , August  mostly. 

By the outlook and the name , We might think is it safe to eat this fruit? 

Answer is Yes, We can. 
 

Dragon fruit contains small amounts of several nutrients. It's also a decent source of iron, magnesium, and fiber.

 

Here are the nutrition facts for a serving of 100 grams 

Calories: 60

Protein: 1.2 grams

Carbs: 13 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Vitamin C: 3% of the RDI

Iron: 4% of the RDI

Magnesium: 10% of the RDI

Source : USFDA 

 

Dragon fruit contains several types of antioxidants. As per the source of PubMed , It contains , 

Betalains,  Hydroxycinnamates &  Flavonoids 

 

Here following some Health benefits of Dragun fruits, 

 

Dragon fruit has an extremely low amount of cholesterol but Good fiber , It’s the perfect fruit to maintain your weight. 

It helps decrease bad cholesterol levels and replenish good levels. Dragon fruit is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, helping the heart stay in great condition

It clean up your digestive system., a high fiber content, which can assist with poor digestion and constipation. 

The high amount of fiber in dragon fruit can ultimately help regulate diabetes, as it can stabilize blood sugar levels by suppressing sugar spikes.

Eating a dragon fruit with its rich antioxidants can keep the skin tight and young. It can be used as a face mask combined with honey as a natural alternative to anti-aging masks.

Dragon fruit’s benefits for people suffering from arthritis are so great that it’s commonly referred to as the “anti-inflammatory fruit.

It has a good effect against Acne. If you apply it to your reddened areas on your face or skin, then rinse with water, you can see a better result.
 

-- Kavin, The Pharmacist 

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