Dragon Fruit

Is DRAGON FRUIT part of your diet?

These are its properties and benefits.

Dragon Fruit Illustration
  • 84.4% water, meaning that it is a low calorie fruit.
  • Powerful antioxidant: protects cell membranes.
  • Improves the absorption of iron contained in food.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Repairs tissue and improves growth.
  • A mineral that helps nerve function.
  • It participates in muscle contraction and helps keep a constant heart rate.
  • Along with sodium, it helps maintain the body’s water balance.
  • Potassium decreases the effects of sodium, helping the body to eliminate it and reducing blood pressure.
  • Helps to fix calcium and phosphorus in the bones and teeth, keeping them strong.
  • It regulates the hormonal balance and decreases premenstrual pain.
  • It acts on the neurological system by favouring sleep and relaxation.
  • It regulates gut flora.
  • It keeps the heartbeat and blood pressure constant and protects against cardiovascular disease.
  • It regulates glucose in the blood.
  • Vitamin B1 or thiamine: Essential for the sugar transformation process and plays a major role in the conduction of nerve impulses and in the metabolism of oxygen.
  • Vitamin B2 or riboflavin: key for the transformation of food into energy, as it favours the absorption of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • Vitamin B3 or niacin: Helps with the synthesis of some hormones. It is essential for getting energy out of food, it helps to maintain blood glucose levels and keeps the nervous system in good condition.
  • Helps the biosynthesis of fatty acids
  • Key for the production of adrenal steroid hormones, neurotransmitters and vitamin D.
  • It enables the energy metabolism function due to the synthesis of acetyl-coenzyme A, an essential molecule for obtaining energy.
  • It contains mucilage and pectins that have a protective effect on the mucous membranes of the stomach against the acidity of gastric juices. Perfect for gastritis and heartburn.
  • It has a branched structure that allows it to absorb a lot of water and form viscose gels.
  • It can be easily fermented by intestinal microorganisms, which favours the creation of bacterial flora in the gut.
  • Laxative function.
  • Lowers levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream.
  • Helps to fight constipation.

Dragon Fruit

How can we tell when it is ripe and ready to eat?

Illustrations of the rubï or red pitaya

Room temperature speeds up ripening, leave them together in the fruit bowl. Refrigeration slows down the ripening process, take them out of the fridge one hour before eating them so as to enjoy their texture and flavour better.

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