Passionfruit, also known as granadilla, is a sweet tropical fruit, with yellow or purple skin. It is slightly oval in shape, grows nearly everywhere and is native to subtropical wild regions of South America.
Fresh passionfruit provides a rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. In fact, this fruit is especially abundant in B vitamins, vitamins A and C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, folate, copper, iron, phosphorus, and protein.
Here are the many health benefits of passionfruit:
- Cardiovascular health
Passionfruit is extremely rich in dietary fiber. Thus, heps you lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
- Colon cleanser
The antioxidants in passionfruit destroy the toxins that build up in the intestines and gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, it detoxifies the colon and assures healthy bowel movements.
This fruit is surprisingly rich in certain phytonutrients such as apigenin, caffeic acid, luteolin, and beta carotene. All of them working together are perfect as an anti-cancer drug.
- Blood pressure
The high potassium levels help to balance the electrolytes that maintain the heart muscles. Therefore, its consumption benefits heart health and lowers high blood pressure.
- Mood booster
Eating passionfruit can relax the central nervous system. Thus helps to improve your mood, treat depression and anxiety, and promote your sleep.
- Vision health
The fruit carries a very good amount of vitamin A, C, and flavonoids which helps to protect your eyes from free radicals.
Here is a passionfruit smoothie recipe with loads of antioxidants:
- 1 cup thawed frozen or fresh passion fruit pulp
- 2 Medjool dates pitted
- 1 ripe and spotted banana, peeled, sliced, frosted
- 2/3 cup unsweetened plant milk
- 1 heaping cup raw strawberries, hulled
- 1 tablespoon finely-diced beets (optionally)
You need to combine the passion fruit, strawberries, banana, and Medjool dates in a blender. Then, pour the milk over and add the beets if you want to enhance the taste and color. Lastly, blend the mixture for a few minutes, till you get a smooth texture.