You may or may not have heard of or seen the rather exotic fruit known commonly as dragon fruit. It actually looks just like it’s named with colorful skin and pointy, dragon-scale looking spikes that scream “don’t eat me.”
1. Risk Of Diabetes Will Decrease
Dragon fruit has a low glycemic index, essentially having a glucose lowering effect. As such dragon fruit has been found in several studies to lower a person’s risk of diabetes. One research study in particular looked at the reasoning behind this, and found that it could be derived from the betacyanin and antioxidant activity of dragon fruit.
2. Power To Fight Cancer
Dragon fruit contains several types of antioxidants, including, Vitamin C, betalains and carotenoids. All three have been found in to reduce the risk of certain cancers including breast cancer by suppressing cancer cells. The beta carotenoids that give the dragon fruit its bold color have also been linked to a reduced risk of cancer.
3. Better Digestion
Fiber. If you want to keep your digestive system moving along in a healthy direction, you must get fiber, and dragon fruit plenty ﹘ 7 grams per one-cup serving, to be exact. Dragon fruit is an excellent whole-food source of dietary fiber that keeps you regular and soluble fiber to prevent constipation and slow the absorption of sugar which is crucial to keeping bad bacteria out.
4. Improve Health Of Your Stomach
Not only do you need foods high in fiber to convert the foods you eat into something easily digestible, but you need a healthy gut to digest that food. Dragon fruit has prebiotics that have been found to kill the bad bacteria that could come from foodborne illnesses, infections or even something that didn’t agree with your belly.
5. Healthier Skin
The antioxidants in dragon fruit, particularly Vitamin C have the ability to fight off skin-damaging free radicals like the sun and even aging. And this is just by eating it. However, if you want to take things a step further, the exotic fruit has long been used as a facial cream. Many around the world have created a simple paste from the dragon fruit flesh to be applied on the face to help slow the process of aging, treat acne as well as sunburns.