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Dragon fruit tea benefits

Just think of this. It’s in the high 80s and you’re doing something outside and when you come inside, you want something sweet but not lemonade sweet, you’re craving a cold nice, tall, iced tea that is healthy for you. You have come to the right site for the benefits and even a quick recipe you can make right at home!

Hi, I’m Rebekah Kann, and I am the sweet owner of Tea Jubilee. And I wanted to start this post as if I was talking to you face to face.

Did I get your attention? Good, Keep reading to learn all about this fruit that I love to call. My all-time favorite fruit! Now

This post will not be having a recipe that is like The world-famous Starbucks Dragon fruit and how much it’s “Good for you” I don’t think this drink is good with all the stuff they put into it.

Now, I do have another post within this site you can go right to from this post too! It’s another cold tea that you could try out after this one. Click here to learn all about Boba tea.

So, let’s talk about Dragon fruit tea benefits.

And here’s how I know about what they put into this drink.

A sister of mine used to work at Starbucks for 3 years and I would ask what was in this drink and the others she made and when she told me that some customers would get a lot of sugar in their drink I was thinking. “Yuck! That’s way too much for me!”

So this post is ALL about the benefits of this tea and I will write up a recipe that will be a very healthy tea for you to try out the next time you’re wanting something cold and good. Enjoy reading Dragon fruit tea benefits.

dragon fruit tea benefits

What is Dragon fruit?

Oh, Man! this was the first question I asked google when I first heard of this fruit, let’s just say, if you read what I said above then you know that I really love this fruit, not only because it tastes good in drinks, smoothies, or just by itself.

So read about this fruit and see what you think of it.

This fruit is also known as pitahaya or strawberry pear, is a tropical fruit known for its vibrant red skin and sweet, seed-speckled pulp.

Its unique look and acclaimed superfood powers have made it popular among foodies and the health-conscious.

Luckily, you don’t have to live in the tropics to enjoy the many benefits of dragon fruit. In fact, you can find it fresh or frozen in supermarkets worldwide.

1. High in Nutrients

Dragon fruit is low in calories but packed with essential vitamins and minerals. It also contains a substantial amount of dietary fiber.

Here’s a rundown of the main nutrients in a one-cup serving (227 grams).

  • Calories: 136
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 29 grams
  • Fiber: 7 grams
  • Iron: 8% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 18% of the RDI
  • Vitamin C: 9% of the RDI
  • Vitamin E: 4% of the RDI

Beyond essential nutrients, dragon fruit supplies beneficial plant compounds like polyphenols, carotenoids, and betacyanins.

SUMMARY

Dragon fruit is low in calories but rich in vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds such as polyphenols, carotenoids, and betacyanins.

2. May Help Fight Chronic Disease

Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause cell damage, which may lead to inflammation and disease.

One way to combat this is by eating antioxidant-rich foods like dragon fruit.

Antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals, thus preventing cell damage and inflammation.

Studies suggest that diets high in antioxidants may help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.

Dragon fruit contains several types of potent antioxidants, including:

  • Vitamin C: Observational studies have found correlations between vitamin C intake and cancer risk. For example, a study in 120,852 people associated higher intakes of vitamin C with lower rates of head and neck cancer.
  • Betalains: Test-tube studies indicate betalains can combat oxidative stress and may have the ability to suppress cancer cells.
  • Carotenoids: Beta-carotene and lycopene are the plant pigments that give dragon fruit its vibrant color. Diets rich in carotenoids have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease  (1 Trusted Source)

Importantly, antioxidants work best when eaten naturally in food, rather than in pill form or as a supplement. In fact, antioxidant supplements may have harmful effects, and taking them without medical supervision is not recommended.

On the other hand, dragon fruit is highly recommended.

SUMMARY

Dragon fruit contains the antioxidants vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, and betalain. Studies have linked diets high in antioxidants to a reduced risk of chronic disease.

3. Loaded With Fiber

Dietary fibers are nondigestible carbohydrates that boast an extensive list of potential health benefits.

Health authorities recommend 25 grams of fiber per day for women and 38 grams for men. Like antioxidants, fiber supplements do not have the same health benefits as fiber from foods.

With 7 grams per one-cup serving, dragon fruit is an excellent whole-food source.

Although fiber is probably most well known for its role in digestion, research has suggested it may also play a role in protecting against heart disease, managing type 2 diabetes, and maintaining healthy body weight.

Although more research is needed, some observational studies suggest that diets high in fiber may protect against colon cancer.

While no studies have linked dragon fruit to any of these conditions, its high-fiber content can help you meet your recommended daily values.

However, it’s important to note that high-fiber diets can have drawbacks, especially if you’re accustomed to a low-fiber diet. To avoid stomach discomfort, increase your intake of dietary fiber gradually and drink plenty of fluids.

SUMMARY

Dragon fruit offers 7 grams of fiber per serving, making it an excellent choice for meeting your daily fiber needs.

4. Promotes a Healthy Gut

Your gut is home to some 100 trillion diverse microorganisms, including more than 400 species of bacteria.

Many researchers believe this community of microorganisms may impact your health. Both human and animal studies have associated imbalances in your gut with conditions like asthma and heart disease.

Given that dragon fruit contains prebiotics, it can potentially improve the balance of good bacteria in your gut (22).

Prebiotics are a specific type of fiber that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut.

Like all fibers, your gut cannot break them down. However, the bacteria in your gut can digest them. They use the fiber as fuel for growth, and you reap the benefits.

In particular, dragon fruit mainly promotes the growth of two families of healthy bacteria: lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria.

Regularly consuming prebiotics may reduce the risk of infection in your digestive tract and diarrhea. This is because prebiotics promotes the growth of good bacteria, which researchers believe may outcompete the bad.

For example, a study in travelers showed that those who consumed prebiotics before and during travel experienced fewer and less severe episodes of traveler’s diarrhea.

Some studies also suggest prebiotics may ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. Unfortunately, these findings are inconsistent.

While much of the research on prebiotics is favorable, the research on the prebiotic activity of dragon fruit is limited to test-tube studies. More studies are needed to determine its true effect on the human gut.

SUMMARY

Dragon fruit may promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, which is associated with a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

5. Strengthens Your Immune System

Your body’s ability to fight infection is determined by several different factors, including the quality of your diet.

The vitamin C and carotenoids in dragon fruit may boost your immune system and prevent infection by protecting your white blood cells from damage.

The white blood cells in your immune system attack and destroy harmful substances. However, they are extremely sensitive to damage by free radicals.

As potent antioxidants, vitamin C and carotenoids can neutralize free radicals and defend your white blood cells against harm.

SUMMARY

Dragon fruit’s high supply of vitamin C and carotenoids may offer immune-boosting properties.

6. May Boost Low Iron Levels

Dragon fruit is one of the few fresh fruits that contain iron.

Iron plays a crucial role in transporting oxygen throughout your body. It also plays an important role in breaking down food into energy.

Unfortunately, many people do not get enough iron. In fact, it has been estimated that 30% of the world’s population is deficient in iron, making it the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide.

To combat low iron levels, it’s important to consume a variety of iron-rich foods. Rich sources of iron include meats, fish, legumes, nuts, and cereals.

Dragon fruit may be another great option, as one serving contains 8% of your recommended daily intake (RDI). It also contains vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron.

SUMMARY

Dragon fruit supplies iron along with vitamin C, a combination that may improve your body’s absorption of this important mineral.

7. Good Source of Magnesium

Dragon fruit offers more magnesium than most fruits, with 18% of your RDI in just one cup.

On average, your body contains 24g of magnesium or roughly one ounce.

Despite this seemingly small amount, the mineral is present in every one of your cells and takes part in over 600 important chemical reactions within your body.

For example, it takes part in reactions needed for the breakdown of food into energy, muscle contraction, bone formation, and even the creation of DNA.

More studies are needed, but some indicate that higher intakes of magnesium may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Studies also show that diets adequate in magnesium support bone health.

SUMMARY

Dragon fruit is a great source of magnesium, a nutrient needed for over 600 biochemical reactions in your body.

The Bottom Line

Dragon fruit is a delicious tropical fruit that’s definitely worth trying.

It tastes amazing, offers a pop of color to your plate, and supplies essential nutrients, prebiotic fibers, and beneficial plant compounds  all in a low-calorie serving.

If you’re looking for a way to add some variety to your fruit intake, dragon fruit is a delicious option with many potential health benefits.

Recipe time!!

So here is what is in this drink at Starbucks, if you see the list of what’s in it is the reason why I stopped drinking this drink.

Ingredients in this drink.

Ice, Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Base [Water, Sugar, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Natural Green Coffee Flavor, Rebaudiside A], Coconutmilk [Water, Coconut Cream, Cane Sugar, Contains 2 Or Less Of Tricalcium Phosphate, Coconut Water Concentrate, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Gellan Gum, Corn Dextrin, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, And Vitamin D 2], Freeze Dried Dragonfruit Pieces. 

Taken from The main website, Click here to go to the site.

So, do you want to try out a recipe that is much better for you than this one that I have listed what’s in the drink? I thought so, So here is the better recipe.

INGREDIENTS

This makes one cup of greatness!

3/4 cup fresh or frozen pink dragonfruit, mashed

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

1 cup of brewed green tea that has cooled

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

Brew 1 cup of green tea. Set aside to cool.

Squeeze the lemons and strain to get rid of the pulp (getting rid of the pulp, optional). Set aside.

Mash the pink dragonfruit with a fork until the desired consistency is met. If you don’t want it to be chunky, simply blend the fruit until it’s nice and creamy. Now we will put it all together.

Putting it all together

Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, and cooled green tea together. Stir to combine.  Now we will assemble the drink.

On the bottom of the glass add the dragonfruit, followed by ice-filled to the rim, then the green tea lemonade. Finally, top the glass with more dragonfruit.

Enjoy right away!

Links.

So, now that you know why this is a great tea to try out this summer (or if you live in a very hot place like me, you might try this out today, LOL.)

But before you run off to make this tea, I want to share a few links that I have used for a bit now.

First off is a site that my brother started about two months ago and it’s taking off!! What I am talking about is this. He is having a lot of my sweet readers from here going to his site and I can tell your loving his site as well as mine.

And that’s okay with me, if you love coffee as well as tea, I am always welcoming my readers here! Love you too by the way 🙂 Go here for his site.

This next link is to a site that I really love to go to and read what is on this website. this site is with so many great books and you can even read up about the authors about those who wrote the books you read. Click here to go right to the home page.

And so, This last link is a HUGE one that I am linking onto my site for a bit, a family member was in a bad wreck and his mom and a family friend made a fund page to his medical fund

Now, I am not going to keep asking you to give, but what he really needs is not money, It’s prayers! So keep him in your prayers, please. So if you do want to give then Hit this link here to go to the page.

 

And that’s it! I hope you had fun learning why this fruit is good for you and why I love it very much. If you liked this recipe and learning the benefits of this tea, let me know down below about what you liked!

Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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