Passion fruit is a creeper vine species of passion flower, a kind of berry available in both round to oval shapes. The outer skin comes in various colours - ranging from yellow, golden or purple.
On the exteriors, the fruit can be both soft and firm to the touch and the interiors are filled with abundant seeds and juice with gel-like consistency.
Passion fruit is generally consumed as juice and most often mixed with other fruit juices to enhance its taste, while the exotic flavour of the fruit can be consumed in salads, desserts and dips.
The impressive health benefits rendered by passion fruit are due to the abundance of the dense nutrient profile including antioxidants, flavonoids, minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2.
Health Benefits Of Passion Fruit
The richness of antioxidants in passion fruit include Vitamin C, carotene and cryptoxanthin protecting the body from free radical damage and prevents conditions like cancer, heart disease and premature ageing. The phenolic compounds in passion fruit possess strong anti-cancer properties that prevent oral and lung cancer. A serving of passion fruit is loaded with 30 mg of Vitamin C, and helps in improving the defense system and safeguards you from a common cold, fever and cough.
Regulates Blood Sugar
The abundance of fibre (10.4 grams) and being low on glycemic index, passion fruit is one of the preferred choice of fruits for diabetics. The soluble fibre pectin keeps you satiated, lowers gastric emptying time and prevents you from overeating.
Promotes Eye Health
Passion fruit is super rich in Vitamin A that aids in preventing age-related macular degeneration, cataract and night blindness. In addition, power packed with antioxidant passion fruit aids in lowering wrinkles, and even improves the skin health by keeping it well hydrated and glow naturally.
Improves Gut Health
Passion fruit is loaded with fibre, a single serving of fruit meets almost 50% of daily requirement. It is a good source of soluble fibre that acts as a laxative, regulating bowel movement, promotes digestion of foods, get rids of excess cholesterol and prevent colorectal cancer.
One of the powerful medicinal compound in passion fruit an alkaloid Harman functions as a sedative. This compound is beneficial in reducing restlessness, insomnia, and nervous anxiety thereby helping you to get a good night sleep. The next time when you are troubled getting a sound sleep, try some passion fruit.