Have you ever thought about the health benefits of passion fruit? If not, I want you to know the usefulness of this amazing fruit.
Passion fruit aids diabetes treatment and even helps prevent cancer and arthritis. It also boosts your skin health and complexion, and the best part is that it delays the signs of aging.
Before showing you the multiple health benefits of the fruit, watch this video released by a2ztube Nutrition below:
Why Do We Call Passion Fruit?
It is believed that the Fruit was named by the 16th century Spanish Catholic Missionaries in the Amazon region of Brazil.
They called it the flower of the five wounds after its purple flower which they believed resembled the five wounds of Christ.
Look at the flower that gives you a jaw-dropping scene and quite a sigh of breath!
Passionflower is also one of the best herbal remedies you can use to help get you through stressful times filled with anxiety.
Passion fruit(Passiflora edulis) is both eaten and juiced, the juice can be added to other fruit juices to enhance the aroma.
There’s more. And you have to read on to know.
What is it good for?
The fruit is a boon for diabetics. There are low glycemic index(GI) and high fiber content. The fiber boosts digestive health. And then, there are antioxidants in the fruit that enhance immunity and fight various forms of cancer.
Medical experts are now focusing more on the benefits of this fruit and the good news is, it is found with Piceatannol, a plant secondary natural product that had previously been identified as an anti-leukemic principle.
That said, you will also be amazed to know that it is an anti-aging food recipe.
Now, let’s get into more details.
Provides Key Nutrients
Passion fruit is a beneficial fruit with healthful nutrition records. It contains very high levels of vitamin A, which is important for skin, vision, and the immune system. Vitamin C found in it is an important antioxidant.
The main nutrients found in passion fruit are potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron, vitamin A, Vitamin C, etc. It also contains phosphorus, niacin, and vitamin B-6 which are important needs for a healthy body.
What are the Health Benefits of Passion fruit?
1. Helps Diabetes Treatment
The low glycemic index and the high fiber content of the fruit make it a smashing hit with diabetics. The fruit is also rich in pectin, a type of fiber that keeps you full without increasing calorie intake.
The high fiber and sugar in the fruit are slowly absorbed into the bloodstream, and this prevents sugar crashes and cravings. This makes it a great fruit to maintain insulin levels for diabetic patients.
Studies show that passion fruit may be used as a dietary supplement for diabetes treatment due to its hypoglycemic potential.
The fruit can also lower bad cholesterol and improve the functioning of insulin and that’s exactly a value bomb for diabetics.
Look at how I grow some organic passion fruit plants in my kitchen garden:
Being a tropical plant, it needs well-drained soil with a high amount of humus and neutral pH to grow. The plant is commercially cultivated in the Nilgiri hills, north-eastern areas like Manipur, Mizoram, and Meghalaya in India.
And fortunately, my place of settlement fulfills such a condition as the soil is highly favorable.
2. Makes You Look Younger
Antioxidants, as you may be aware, are good for your skin. Passion fruit has many types of such antioxidants in it like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, riboflavin including carotene.
These antioxidants reduce the production of free radicals in your body. Free radicals are generated by your body cells as a by-product and can cause skin aging. But the anti-inflammatory properties of passion fruit can soothe the skin.
Also, it boosts skin health and complexion and delays the signs of aging. This makes you look dashing young.
Passion fruit is highly rich in Vitamin C, beta-cryptoxanthin and alpha-carotene that boosts your immunity. All these properties in it help boost your immune system.
Vitamin C also stimulates white blood cell activity, and this means a stronger immune system and prevention of common diseases.
Again, it also has iron which increases hemoglobin in red blood cells.
4. Passion Fruit Prevents Cancer
It is loaded with antioxidants that fight the free radicals causing cancer. Vitamin A, flavonoids, and other phenolic compounds contained in the fruit help to prevent cancer.
Chrysin, one such compound found in it, showed anticancer activities; and piceatannol, another important compound was found to kill colorectal cancer cells.
By now, you must be wondering over the intriguing and the mysterious character of this unbelievable fruit, right? But, stay calm and keep the momentum moving as the best part is yet to unfold.
5. Maintains a Healthy Heart
The content of riboflavin(vitamin B6) and niacin(vitamin B3) in passion fruit helps in regulating the thyroid activity in the body.
You get excellent prevention of hardening of the arterial walls of your heart (atherosclerosis), keeping your heart to function and run smoothly.
The rich phenolic compounds and alkaloids can also help in relieving anxiety and treating insomnia.
6. Strengthens Your Bones
One very good way to complement the effects of bone-strengthening foods is to see for minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. And these minerals are all packed in passion fruit.
when taken along with other rich sources like green veggies and milk, it helps to maintain bone density and even prevents osteoporosis, a bone disease.
7. Heals Respiratory Ailments
The mixture of bioflavonoids in passion fruit has positive effects on the respiratory system. Studies have confirmed that the fruit extracts can help ease asthma, wheezing, and even whooping cough.
8. Helps Sleep
Studies also have shown that passion fruit has been used to treat insomnia and restlessness. The fruit contains Harman, an indole alkaloid sedative compound that can give a night of good sleep including restlessness and nervous anxiety.
So instead of forcing oneself to drink a cup of milk before bed, half a passion fruit gives you the trick.
9. Beneficial During Pregnancy
The folate in passion fruit helps in the growth and development of the fetus and prevents neural tube defects in infants.
Folate is said to be crucial before and during pregnancy, and also during breastfeeding. The need for folate only increases as the infant develops.
The fruit also boosts immunity and bone health during pregnancy.
10. Soothes Asthma Attack
For people who are with asthma, passion fruit is extremely nutritious and healthy that can soothe asthma attacks. And because it contains vitamin C, passion fruit has the effect of blocking the histamine that causes asthma symptoms.
Studies have shown the peel extract of the fruit to relieve asthma and regular intake of the fruit can keep asthma patients at ease.
11. Vision Health
Passion fruit contains high amounts of antioxidants like vitamin C, A, and flavonoids. These nutrients help protect your eye from free radicals that cause damage.
They also care for the mucous membranes that guard the Cornea of the eye. Additionally, the beta carotene content also has positive effects on eye and vision health.
12. Good for the Hair
This fruit is loaded with minerals like copper and potassium and important vitamins like A, B, and C. All these give improved blood circulation to the scalp resulting in healthy and shining hair.
They promote the growth of long healthy and beautiful hair.
Types of Passion Fruit
Over five hundred types of passions exist. However, only two main types – purple and yellow – varieties are widely grown.
How to Eat Passion Fruit?
To eat this fruit, you need to slice or rip open the rind to expose the colorful, juicy flesh and seeds. The seeds are edible too. You can eat them together with the flesh and juice.
The white film separating the rind from the flesh is edible as well with a bitter taste.
Passion fruit is highly versatile and can be used in many ways. A lot of people enjoy the fruit raw and eat it straight out of the rind.
Some more popular ways to use passion fruit include –
- Drinks: It can be squeezed through a sieve to make juice, which can be added to cocktails or used to make a cordial to flavor water.
- Desserts: It’s often used as a topping or flavoring for cakes and desserts like cheesecake or mousse.
- On salads: It can be used to add a crunchy texture and yummy flavor to salads.
- In yogurts: You can also mix it with natural yogurts to make a delicious combination.
How many pieces should you eat per day?
80-gram serving is equivalent to a small piece about the size of a tennis ball. For fruits and vegetables that can be measured by the cup. A serving is roughly 1 cup and that’s the same for passion fruit.
Dried or stored passion fruits tend to lose their juicy content. In such a situation, you can add two-three pieces in a serving with some warm water and light sugar.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for a nutritious and tasty snack, passion fruit is the RIGHT choice.
It’s low in calories and high in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. All these make passion fruit an excellent addition to a healthy environment and a disease-free lifestyle.
Aging is a natural process that cannot be stopped but can be improved. What you eat is directly linked to your health. You can enjoy aging if you understand what’s going on with your body and take steps to maintain your health.
Get regular exercise and try some passion fruits today.
I hope that this article helped you to understand the health benefits of passion fruit. You may also want to read exquisite health benefits of naga king chili that kicks your ass and fights cancer.
Or check out the wonderful anti-aging herb called Centella Asiatica to get an informed idea of the plant.
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