Pitaya also known as dragon fruit is native to Central and South America, a very beautiful fruit with lots of health benefits and belongs to the Cactaceae family. Dragon fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, fiber and powerful antioxidants. Dragon fruit is a type of cactus plant that can be found in a variety of species, the fruit is usually a dark red colour, although some types of this fruit are pink or yellow. The skin of the dragon fruit is a thin rind.
The skin is usually covered in scales, and the centre of the fruit is made up of a red or white, sweet tasting pulp. The best-tasting variety is the one with red flesh, which is succulent when eaten and the best way to enjoy this tasty fruit is to eat the creamy pulp cold.
Dragon fruit is high in fiber, so regular consumption can help avoid constipation, improve your digestive health and help to reduce weight.
The consumption of dragon fruit strengthens the immune system and helps to heal wounds faster. In fact, regular consumption will help ward off chronic respiratory disorders such as asthma and cough. Dragon fruit also contain B complex vitamins such as B1 for better carbohydrate metabolism, B2 for recovery and improvement of appetite, and B3 for reducing bad cholesterol while improving the condition of the skin.
Dragon fruit is a natural source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help out a person from any free radicals that cause cancer as well as unwanted health damages.
To prevent premature aging, you may apply a dragon fruit facial mask once a week. To make this mask, take half of dragon fruit and make a smooth paste out of it. Mix one tablespoon of yogurt to it and apply entire face and neck. Wait for 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Owing to its antioxidant properties this facial mask effectively slows down aging progression of cells.
The best way of enjoying a dragon fruit, is cutting it into two halves and eating its creamy pulp by scooping it out with a spoon, you may also use dragon fruit as an ingredient in your fruit salad. Dragon fruit offers many more health benefits, consuming it will improve your health.