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Nature provides the most beautifully exquisite foods for humans to consume. Take the dragon fruit (pitaya) for example, one of my favourite fruits. It’s incredibly vibrant colour, soft growing tentacles and on the inside it’s perfectly smooth pink flesh with symmetrical black seeds throughout. Simply divine!
I love interpreting colour pigments of food and how they affect our brain and body. Seeing particular colours triggers different response mechanisms in our brain and helps us feel a certain way.
Pink represents love. It is a calming, non-threatening colour which is linked to innocence, hope and optimism. It also represents positive aspects of traditional femininity like nurture and kindness. The deeper the pink color, the more passion and energy it radiates. The pink color has a calming effect on our emotional energies and can relieve feelings of anger, aggression and neglect. I know whenever I consume dragon fruit, I always feel more uplifted and peaceful, which is why I decided to call this a Mood Boosting Pink Dragon Fruit Smoothie.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRAGON FRUIT
HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS & NUTRIENTS
Rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, dragon fruit contain Vitamin C, polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. Antioxidants are essential for keeping the skin tight and firm. They fight off free radicals that circle around the body that are known to cause problems like cancer.
Dragon fruit it high in phosphorus which is one of the most important key regulators for bone formation, protein formation, hormonal balance, improved energy extraction, cellular repair, and proper nutrient utilisation.
Dragon fruits can also help to keep you regular because of their significant fibre content. They help your body bulk up its bowel movements, facilitating smooth passage through the digestive tract and stimulating peristaltic motion. By regulating bowel function with dietary fibre you reduce your chances of conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and even more serious diseases like colon cancer.
Dragon fruit has an impressive antifungal and antibacterial quality and iron and phosphorus are present for healthy blood and tissue formation. This increases the white blood cell count in the body which defends against toxins and inhibits the growth of fungal or bacterial infections in the organ systems. It also stimulates cell regeneration and speeds up healing and regeneration in the body.
The little black seeds of dragon fruits are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of heart disease.