The pitahaya, or dragon fruit, is an amazing fruit that abounds in health benefits. The fruit has a distinctive look, with scaly bark that resembles a dragon skin and a sweet and smooth pulp that tastes like kiwi or melon. It’s low in calories, just 50 in 100gr of the fruit, which means that it’s ideal for people trying to lose weight.
The fruit is also rich in an amino acid called tyramine, which activates the hormone glucagon and stimulates the body into using reserved fat and glucose as a source of energy.
The fruit is naturally sweet which makes it an ideal addition to your fruit salads, smoothies, sweets and jams or it can be eaten fresh on its own. There are three varieties of pitahaya, white, yellow and red. All three kinds are rich in minerals, vitamins and oligosaccharides and are a rich source of calcium, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids.
Health benefits of the dragon fruit
This fruit can delay the aging process and make you look younger for longer. As it’s choke-full of vitamin C and antioxidants it can protect your cells from free radicals damage and promote overall health.
Helps you maintain your weight
The fruit is rich in fiber and low in calories, which makes it an ideal fruit for people trying to lose weight. It also provides you with a sense of satiety and prevents food cravings. Moreover, the pitahaya lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Lower risk of cancer
The fruit is abundant in oligosaccharides which lower the risk of diseases like cancer and diabetes. Moreover, it helps you reduce the occurrence of bacterial infections and neutralizes the toxic bacteria that enter your body.
Against anxiety and insomnia
Pour 1 cup of water in a pot and add 2tbsp. of the fruit’s flowers. Let them simmer for 5 minutes and set it aside. Let it cool down and drink it before going to bed.
For heart toning
Boil 3tbsp. of pitahaya flowers in 500ml of water for about 10 minutes. Set it aside and let it cool down a bit. Strain the liquid and drink the tea throughout the day.
Against stomach spasm
Pour 1 liter of water in a pot and add some pitahaya stems in it. Let them simmer for 10 minutes and set it aside. Drink the liquid throughout the day.
Remedy for cystitis, edema and kidney stones
Clean and wash two pitahayas and toss them in a blender. Add some water and pulse until smooth. Serve the mixture in a glass and consume it for as long as you feel it necessary.
Remedy for constipation
Again, wash the pitahaya thoroughly and toss it in a blender. Add a few slices of papaya and some water and pulse until smooth. Consume this mixture every morning until your problem is resolved.
Wash and peel the pitahaya and toss it in the blender. Add 1 pineapple slice, some water and 2tbsp. of oats in the blender and pulse until everything is combined. Drink this remedy two times a day for a week.
Peel the pitahaya and toss it in the blender along with 1 pineapple slice and the juice of 1 grapefruit. Pulse until everything is combined and drink this juice every morning for weight loss.
Combine 1 piece of pitahaya, 1tbsp. of chopped ginger and 1 cup of coconut water and toss it in a blender. Pulse until everything is combined and serve in a tall glass on the rocks. This juice is excellent for the scorching summer days, to take off the heat.
Source : healthmeaning.com