Agri-Tech: Three Essential and Rare Superfruits


Superfruits refer to fruits with great health benefits and high commercial value. These fruits are exceptionally rich in nutrients and good antioxidant quality. These fruits also have appealing taste that can gain popularity and loyalty from consumers. There are presently a number of superfruits. Blueberry, grape, mango and pomegranate are some of the most common superfruits. Though not as popular as the others, the following fruits are some with the greatest health benefits.
 



DRAGONFRUIT

Also known as pitaya or pitahaya, this fruit belongs to the cactus species. This is native to Mexico, Central America, and South America, but has been cultivated in plantations in Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, and to many other Asian countries. The fruit has red or yellow skin with red or yellow flesh depending on the variety. The fruit contains tiny black crunchy seeds which are eaten raw along with the flesh.

The dragonfruit has the following health benefits:

  • Rich in phytoalbumin antioxidants which help fight carcinogenic free-radical formation in the body.
  • Good source of vitamins C, B2, and others.
  • Rich in minerals like calcium and phosphorus.
  • Low in calories and high in fiber.
  • Seeds are full of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • Helps excrete heavy metal toxins from the body.
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • A natural laxative which prevents constipation.
  • It helps alleviate chronic respiratory tract ailments.

 
MANGOSTEEN

This fruit, which is otherwise known as purple mangosteen, originated from the Sundra Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia, but has grown very popular in neighboring countries. It belongs to a less widely known plant genus. Its exocarp is soft but thick, and its endocarp, botanically known as aril, is white and edible. The fragrant edible flesh can be described as sweet and tangy.

The mangosteen has incredibly numerous health benefits.

  • Anti-fatigue or energy booster.
  • Anti-ulcer.
  • Analgesic.
  • Anti-aging.
  • Antioxidant.
  • Anti-viral.
  • Antibiotic.
  • Antifungal.
  • Anti-tumor and cancer prevention. It has been shown to be capable of killing cancer cells.
  • From low to moderate anti-depressant.
  • Anxyolytic or it has anti-anxiety effect.
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • Anti-seborrheaic or it prevents skin disorders.
  • Anti-atherosclerotic or it prevents hardening of arteries.
  • Anti-lipidemic for blood fat lowering.
  • Cardioprotective for heart protection.
  • Hypotensive for lowering blood pressure.
  • Hypoglycemic or it has anti-diabetic effect to lower blood sugar.
  • Anti-obesity.
  • Anti-diarrheal.
  • Anti-Alzheimerian or it helps prevent dementia.
  • Anti-arthritic.
  • Anti-osteoporosis.
  • Anti-calculitic to prevent formation of kidney stones.
  • Immunomodulator or it helps the immune system.
  • Anti-neuralgic to reduce nerve pain.
  • Anti-vertigo to prevent dizziness.
  • Anti-periodontic for prevention of gum disease.
  • Anti-pyretic to lower fever.
  • Anti-allergenic.
  • Anti-Parkinson.
  • Anti-glaucomic.
  • Anti-cataract.
  • Pansystemic or it has a synergistic effect on the whole body.
 

SOURSOP

The soursop is a broadleaf flowering evergreen tea native in Central and South America, but is also grown in some areas of Southeast Asia. Other common names for the fruit is guanabana (Spanish), graviola (Portuguese), guyabano (Filipino), Brazilian pawpaw, toge-banreisi, durian benggala, and nangka blanda. It has a long prickly green fruit which can have a mass of up to 2.5 kg or 5.5 lbs. The subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks, sherbets and such.

Like all other superfruits, soursop has the following health benefits.

  • Anti-cancer (for all types of cancer) and is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.
  • Antibacterial.
  • Antifungal.
  • Anti-depressant.
  • Effective against internal parasites and worms.
  • Lowers high blood pressure.
  • Anti-stress.
  • Immune system booster.
  • Can be used to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis.
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