Studies have linked diets high in antioxidants to a reduced risk of chronic disease, dragon fruit/pitahaya is low in calories but rich in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds such as vitamin C, polyphenols, carotenoids (beta-carotene), lycopene and betalain/betacyanins.
It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.
Carotenoids are beneficial antioxidants that can protect you from disease and enhance your immune system. Provitamin A carotenoids can be converted into vitamin A, which is essential for growth, immune system function, and eye health.
Betacyanins/ betalain are a group of compounds exhibiting antioxidant and radical-scavenging activities. Antioxidant activity of betalains was also reported to be higher than that of ascorbic acid.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits, including sun protection, improved heart health and a lower risk of certain types of cancer.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Dragon fruit is cultivated in Southeast Asia, India, United States, the Caribbean, Australia, Mesoamerica and throughout tropical and subtropical world regions.
The flavour of dragon fruit is mild-sweet, has soft, superior texture.
(Sources of Information: healthline.com, Wikipedia, sciencedirect.com and webmd.com)