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5 Reasons You Need Passion Fruit in Your Diet

By Brandi Swieter 

Most people don’t shop for passion fruit regularly. The unique fruit choice has a plum-like appearance, yet the inside of it appears yellow and almost resembles a pomegranate, complete with seeds. Although the option may seem daunting, passion fruit actually has a lot of health benefits that makes it highly worthwhile. Enjoy it often and watch your health transform.

It Prevents Cancer

With so many things causing cancer nowadays, people need to find what they can to prevent it. Passion fruit has particular qualities that makes it a cancer-fighting option. Most purple fruits seem to have a high level of antioxidants that work to fight off free radicals in the body. This leads to a surge in cancer prevention. Passion fruit falls into this category and comes with a high amount of flavonoids and vitamins that work together to rid the body of toxins. It especially aids in deterring in lung cancer since there are other properties involved that help with the respiratory system.

It Eases Coughing Fits

As described, passion fruit has the properties to aid in the functioning of the respiratory system. This means an easement of coughing fits, reduction of asthma attacks, and limited chances for wheezing. The bioflavonoids within passion fruit provide a soothing effect on the respiratory system. Enjoy some passion fruit during a coughing fit or periods of breathing difficulties and see if symptoms cease.

It Reduces Blood Pressure

Thanks to the potassium found in passion fruit, blood pressure can greatly be reduced. Potassium helps to increase blood flow and ensures the blood vessels are relaxed. With better blood circulation also, the blood can flow freely through the veins and keep pressure levels from rising. High amounts of copper and iron found in passion fruit help with this as well.

It Improves Sleep

Sleep is hard to come by for many, so finding ways to encourage better sleeping habits is key. Passion fruit contains alkaloids that work like a sedative. Anyone struggling with restlessness or even insomnia should enjoy a snack of passion fruit to help their chance of drifting off to sleep. People should also stay asleep easier once they’ve enjoyed their treat.

It Aids Digestion

Fiber helps to keep things moving in the digestive tract. The pulp and seeds within passion fruit contain plenty of fiber to make this happen. The outer portion of the fruit does not contain enough to help, but consuming the seeds inside will greatly improve changes for better digestion.

Either enjoy the seeds alone as a scoopable snack, or eat the entire fruit for added benefits. Many people enjoy passion fruit seeds with some sweetener since they tend to be tart. Just a bit of Stevia can go a long way in improving the taste and creating a healthy snack option.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pinole, Calif.

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