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Delectable Dragon Fruit

by | May 12, 2022 | Holistic Living, Winter 2022 | 0 comments

Dragon fruit is a tropical / subtropical fruit, popular for its health benefits and nutritional value. The fruit is a super-food which shows off a spectacular, seed-speckled pulp and a beautiful skin that resembles a dragon’s scales.

The Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit now offers sweet-tasting selections of white, red, pink and light pink pulp colours. If the beautiful colours aren’t enough to entice you, there are plenty of other reasons to enjoy Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit: The health benefits are endless.

It slows down the ageing process
Free radicals are one of the main reasons for our skin ageing. There are a lot of skincare products that claim to slow down the ageing process of the skin, but these are not more than claims. If you want to slow down the ageing process of your skin, dragon fruit is the best natural solution to achieve the same. It can stop the ageing effects of these free radicals due to its antioxidant properties. You can apply its pulp to your skin or eat it to get youthful skin. Moreover, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It may help lower your blood sugar
According to the research, it may lower the blood sugar, because it can replace the damaged cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps the body to break down the sugar. But these are the findings of animal studies that were done on mice, not on humans. So it is not clear yet how much dragon fruit you have to eat to get these benefits.

Supports your immune system
If you have a weakened immune system, then you are more at risk of being infected by a variety of diseases that include flu. Dragon fruit has vitamin C, which gives a boost to your immune system and defends your body against the free radicals and bacteria (external invaders). The bacteria and germs lead to the illness while the free radicals are unsteady atoms that can damage the human cell.

Reduces inflammation
If you are having chronic pain from a condition like arthritis, then eating this vibrant red-skinned fruit might help provide relief from tenderness and inflammation. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can work as a natural pain reliever for these symptoms.

May prevent cancer
When you talk about cancer prevention, it may sound a little far-fetched, but recent studies indicate that dragon fruit can prevent the spread of cancer cells in the body as it contains vitamin C, enzyme lycopene and carotene, which have anti-carcinogenic properties. All these nutrients help to avert a tumour forming in the body.

General Nutrition Facts
This brightly coloured fruit has several nutrients that include loads of fibre, iron, vitamin C, magnesium and more. Here are some of the nutrition facts of dragon fruit (per 100 grams).

Calories: 60
Fat: 0 grams
Vitamin C: 3% of the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake)
Fibre: 3 grams
Carbs: 13 grams
Iron: 4% of the RDI
Protein: 1.2 grams
Magnesium: 10% of the RDI

The dense amount of fibre and vitamin C, low-calorie content and a rich source of magnesium make it a nutrient-dense fruit.

In dragon fruit, only a small amount of fats are found. Its black seeds are edible and contain the polyunsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, which are beneficial to your health.

It has a small amount of protein, about 1.2 grams of protein per 100-gram serving.

Vitamins and minerals
It provides you with around 10 per cent of the recommended daily intake of magnesium along with riboflavin and vitamin C. Magnesium is a mineral that helps your body in hundreds of biochemical reactions. Moreover, the fruiit contains calcium, niacin and iron as well.

The good thing about dragon fruit is that it is a low-calorie food. Most of its calories come from the carbohydrates. There are two types of carbohydrates in this magical fruit, i.e., fibre and sugar (13g per 170g serving). In a 170g dragon fruit serving, you will get about 18 per cent of RDI (recommended daily intake) or five grams of fibre. The exact GI (glycaemic index) of this super fruit has not been recorded, but one study estimates that its GI is like that of banana, i.e., around 48 to 52. Foods with a glycaemic index of 55 or more are glycaemic foods.

This exotic fruit also contains phytoalbumins that help to prevent the cancer cells’ formation due to their antioxidant properties. Moreover, dragon fruit can increase the excretion of heavy metal toxins.

Lycopene, responsible for the red colour of this fruit, is a pigment that can prevent prostate cancer.

Health benefits of dragon fruit for skin
In medieval times, there was a myth that the knight saves the princess from the fire-breathing dragons and wins the dragon fruit from the magical dragon tree. The real dragon fruit has magical benefits for skin that make every woman feel like a most beautiful princess. It grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa, Asia and South America in abundance. As its name suggests, its outer skin looks like a cactus that resembles the scales of a mythical fire-breathing dragon. It is considered as a cactus plant, but its bright colours show that this tropical fruit is full of nutrients. Its creamy white pulp with black seeds offers many natural properties. Here are the health benefits of dragon fruit for the skin. Let’s delve into it!

Promote skin health
Dragon fruit is rich in vitamin C and vitamin C is helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation, improving skin complexion and lightening skin tone.

It makes the skin glow
If you want to rejuvenate your skin and look fresh, then applying the paste of vitamin C can be a great remedy for you.

Soothes sunburn
Dragon fruit can soothe sunburned skin. If you leave your skin unprotected, then the scorching sun can be harmful to your skin. Sun exposure can cause severe blisters. If you apply dragon fruit face pack on your skin, it can soothe the redness and inflammation due to sunburn.

Helps fight premature ageing
The skin’s ageing process is due to poor diet, lack of sleep, sunburn, free radical damage and poor lifestyle that consequently cause premature signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. If you regularly apply the paste of dragon fruit on your skin, it can help you prevent free radicals and fight premature ageing.

Avoiding acne
Dragon fruit is the best topical ointment due to its rich content of vitamin C. It helps to reduce acne. All you need to do is to cut it into slices and make a paste. Now apply this paste to the reddened areas of skin and rinse your face with water after a few minutes.

Moisturises your skin
This fruit with magical benefits helps to moisturise your skin as it is high in water content that benefits your dehydrated skin.

Why Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit is different!
The old dragon fruit selections that are better known to consumers, are mostly bland in taste and leave the consumer largely disillusioned with this remarkable fruit. The trademarked Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit (ASDF) cultivars are delicious and sweet and they leave consumers excited and wanting more! Planting these cultivars from Amorentia Nursery, offers growers a unique marketing opportunity by offering shares in an independent marketing company (The Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit Marketing Company).