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Pitahaya or dragon fruit: know its benefits and medicinal uses

Dragon fruit, also known as Pitahaya, is an exotic fruit that few people have tried and is characterized by having many nutritional properties. It is a fruit that provides various benefits, as it promotes weight loss and combats diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes and anemia, as well as heart and gastrointestinal diseases, because it is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids, betacyanins and vitamin C, which are compounds with antioxidant properties.

The dragon fruit, better known as dragon fruit, it is a fruit originating from Central America, more specifically from Mexico. It is oval and with thorns on the outside. It is usually dark red, pink or yellow in color and contains a sweet but mild-flavored pulp. It is known for being a tropical and exotic fruit.

Approximately the 60% of this fruit is seed. It can be consumed in different ways, whether in smoothies, homemade ice cream, compotes, used in cakes or simply fresh. Cut it in half, scoop out the pulp with a spoon and the seeds, of course, can also be eaten. Its flavor is usually similar to the combination of a kiwi and a pear.

Dragon fruit is highly nutritious, to the point that the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends its consumption.

Benefits and medicinal uses of pitahaya:

 Delays cellular aging.

- It has a anti-inflammatory effect.

- Help to prevent kidney stones.

- Strengthens the immune system, stimulating the production of white and red blood cells and platelets.

- Regulates sugar level in blood

- Help to regulate intestinal transit and its seeds have a laxative effect.

- It stimulates collagen production.

- Improves iron absorption and is rich in vitamin C.

- It has content high in water, vegetable protein and fiber.

- It is aromatic and very rich in group B vitamins.

Besides, the caloric value of pitaya is very low, It only contains 45 kilo calories per 100 grams. It is very good for all stages of life, but especially for overweight and obese people.

On the other hand, it contains small amounts of carbohydrates, little vegetable protein and the fat content is almost zero. Despite having a large amount of vitamins and minerals, it is very low in calories.

So, Go ahead and try this tropical fruit and take advantage of all its nutritional properties.

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