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The Power of Passion (Fruit)

By Brandi Swieter

Passion fruit isn’t on most people’s grocery lists regularly, if at all. The inconspicuous fruit sort of resembles a plum from the outside, but has a much different story on the inside, as it looks more like a yellowed version of a pomegranate with seeds and all. The power of passion is real, and it applies to the fruit as well. It provides many health benefits that people are often unaware of before attempting to consume it.

Blood Pressure Reduced

There is plenty of potassium in passion fruit, making it a heart-healthy option. Potassium works to promote blood flow throughout the body and can help relax blood vessels. These same properties can help with circulation as well, since the blood is able to flow more freely through the body. It pairs with iron and copper to make this possible.

Digestion on Track

The digestive system requires fiber to keep things moving smoothly. By eating the seeds and pulp within the fruit, people are getting a considerable amount of fiber that helps keep digestion on track. Simply eating the outer shell won’t suffice, as the seeds are what contain the main fiber source.

Sleep Improved

Alkaloids are found in passion fruit, which can act as a sedative. Anyone suffering from insomnia or experiencing restlessness at night can eat some passion fruit to experience improved sleep. It should be much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep after consuming some of the powerful fruit.

Coughing Eased

Coughing fits, asthma attacks, wheezing, and other respiratory problems can all be eased with the help of passion fruit. The food contains certain bioflavonoids that have soothing effects on the respiratory system. Anyone finding themselves unable to stop coughing or having trouble breathing can eat some passion fruit and see if it calms them.

Anti-Cancer Properties

Purple fruits in particular seem to have the highest amounts of antioxidants and cancer-fighting properties. Passion fruit is no exception, with a high amount of phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and vitamins that work together to eliminate free radicals and harmful cells within the body. Lung cancer is the easiest to fight off, most likely due to the other properties that assist in respiration and breathing. Oral cancer is another preventable disease when consuming passion fruit.

Cut into passion fruit and simply scoop out the insides to enjoy a healthy snack. The seeds are all edible, but with some tartness to them, adding a bit of sweetener or even seasoning may be helpful. Passion fruit provides plenty of benefits, so add them to the meal plan more often.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wilmington, N.C.

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