Passion Fruit and its Health Benefits

Passion Fruit is a native to South America and it is known by different names in different parts of the world. Today cultivation of this fruit is seen in many parts of the world like India, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, United States and East Africa. In India, it is called as Krishna Phal. Also known as Granadilla. It is a kind of berry with sweet-sour taste, and filled with vitamins and minerals. Latin name for this  fruit is Passiflora edulis. The plant of this  fruit grows as a vine and has two colours - yellow and purple colour fruits.

Nutritional value of Passion Fruit

One cup of raw passion fruit contains 1771 IU of Vitamin A and 1035 mcg of Beta carotene, whereas ripe passion fruit has 2329 IU of Vitamin A and 1297 mcg of Beta carotene. Apart from low level of calories, Passion fruit provides dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, carotinoides and alkaloids.  

10 Health Benefits of Passion fruit

  1. For Blood pressure - The alkaloids in passion fruit helps in reducing the blood pressure.
  2. Laxative - Because of its dietary fibre, passion fruit is considered as a laxative food.
  3. For Diabetes - It is a good drink for diabetes patients.
  4. For Osteoporosis - The high content of minerals in passion fruit helps in maintaining healthy bones which ultimately helps in preventing osteoporosis.
  5. For Stomach - Because of its cooling effect, it is helpful in curing the burning sensation of the stomach.
  6. Preventing Cancers and Heart diseases - The beta carotids in passion fruit converts into Vitamin A and thus helps in preventing certain cancers and heart disease.
  7. For Skin - The Vitamin A in passion fruit is also helpful in maintaining healthy skin.
  8. For Insomnia - The calming effect in passion fruits helps in patients suffering from insomnia.
  9. For Immunity - The high level of Vitamin C contained in passion fruit is helpful in increasing immunity level.
  10. For Cholesterol - The sterols contained in passion fruit is beneficial in reducing the cholesterol level.

How this fruit is used 

The juice extracted from the ripe fruit is used as a drink.It can also be used to enrich the flavour of fruit salad.Another method of using passion fruit is adding in sauces, syrups and jellies.This fruit is also used in adding a distinct flavour in cakes, ice creams and desserts. Another best method of using it as jam which can be used with bread.

Passion fruit in other languages

English - passion fruit, Gujarati - Utkata phala, Spanish - parcha, Kannada - Pyason hannu, Bengali - Abega phala, Portuguese - maracuja, Tamil - Peravan palam, Telugu - Tapana phalam, French - fruit de la passion, Hindi - Joonoon ka phal, Marathi - Avada phala, and Taiwan - Baixiangguo. 

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or health care provider before taking any home remedies.

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