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5 Incredible Benefits of Dragonfruit

In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, make 2024 a year of prosperity and good health – starting with switching up your fruit game. Dragonfruit is a powerhouse option with its low fructose content and diverse antioxidant profile, making it the perfect addition to your morning bowl of oatmeal.

Dragonfruit, also known as pitaya, is not only visually stunning but also offers several impressive health benefits. Here are five incredible benefits of including dragonfruit in your diet.

Supports Digestive Health

High Fiber Content: Dragonfruit contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, with approximately 7 grams of fiber per 100 grams serving. Fiber is essential for promoting regular bowel movements, preventing constipation, and supporting overall digestive health. Soluble fiber absorbs water in the digestive tract, forming a gel-like substance that helps soften stools and facilitate their passage through the intestines. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stool, promoting bowel regularity and preventing constipation.

Prebiotic Properties: Dragonfruit contains prebiotic compounds that serve as fuel for beneficial gut bacteria. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that pass through the digestive tract and stimulate the growth and activity of probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, in the gut. By nourishing these probiotic bacteria, dragonfruit supports a healthy balance of gut microbiota, which is crucial for proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and immune function.

Digestive Enzymes: Dragonfruit contains natural enzymes such as bromelain, which can aid in the digestion of proteins. Bromelain helps break down protein molecules into smaller peptides and amino acids, facilitating their absorption in the small intestine. By supporting efficient protein digestion, dragonfruit may help reduce digestive discomfort and promote nutrient assimilation.

Hydration: Dragonfruit is rich in water content, which helps maintain hydration and support optimal digestive function. Proper hydration is essential for softening stool, promoting peristalsis (the rhythmic contraction of intestinal muscles), and preventing constipation. Adequate fluid intake can also help prevent common digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and indigestion.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: Dragonfruit contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that possess anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. Chronic inflammation in the gut can contribute to various digestive disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gastritis. By incorporating dragonfruit into your diet, you may help mitigate inflammation and support overall digestive comfort and wellbeing.

Boosts Immune Function

Dragonfruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, which plays a crucial role in supporting immune function and protecting against infections. Consuming dragonfruit regularly can help strengthen your immune system and reduce the risk of illness.

Vitamin C: Dragonfruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in supporting the immune system. Vitamin C helps stimulate the production and function of white blood cells, which are essential for fighting off infections and pathogens. Additionally, vitamin C can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, thereby enhancing overall immune function.

Antioxidants: Dragonfruit contains various antioxidants, including betalains, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds, which help neutralise harmful free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which can weaken the immune system. By scavenging free radicals, antioxidants in dragonfruit help reduce inflammation and support immune function.

Polyphenols: Dragonfruit is rich in polyphenols, a group of plant compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Polyphenols have been shown to modulate immune function by regulating the activity of immune cells and reducing inflammation. By promoting a balanced immune response, polyphenols in dragonfruit can help strengthen the body's defences against infections and diseases.

Prebiotic Fibre: Dragonfruit contains dietary fibre, including both soluble and insoluble fibre, which can support gut health and indirectly influence immune function. Soluble fibre serves as a prebiotic, providing fuel for beneficial gut bacteria and promoting their growth and activity. A healthy gut microbiome is essential for proper immune function, as gut bacteria play a vital role in regulating immune responses and protecting against pathogens. 

Low Fructose Content

Compared to many other fruits, dragonfruit has a relatively low sugar content, including fructose. While it does contain natural sugars like fructose, glucose, and sucrose, the overall sugar content in dragonfruit is lower than in some other fruits like bananas, grapes, and mangoes. This lower sugar content can help prevent rapid spikes in blood sugar levels after consumption. Since, as we mentioned earlier, dragonfruit is rich in dietary fibre, particularly soluble fibre, which can slow down the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream. Soluble fibre forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract, which helps regulate blood sugar levels by delaying the emptying of the stomach and slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates. This can contribute to more stable blood sugar levels and prevent sudden spikes and crashes.

Glycaemic Index: The glycaemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood sugar levels. Foods with a lower GI are digested and absorbed more slowly, resulting in a gradual increase in blood sugar levels. Dragonfruit has a relatively low glycaemic index for fruit at 48 – compare this to mango’s 55 GI – which means it has a less pronounced effect on blood sugar levels compared to high-GI foods. Consuming foods with a lower GI can help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of insulin spikes and diabetes.


Dragonfruit is composed of approximately 90% water, making it an excellent hydrating fruit. Here's a deeper look at how its hydration benefits work:

Water Content: As mentioned, dragonfruit has a high water content, which helps replenish fluids in the body and maintain hydration levels. Staying hydrated is essential for numerous bodily functions, including temperature regulation, digestion, nutrient transport, and waste elimination.

Electrolytes: In addition to water, dragonfruit contains essential electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium, which play crucial roles in maintaining fluid balance and hydration. Electrolytes help regulate water distribution within the body's cells and tissues, ensuring proper hydration at the cellular level.

Osmotic Pressure: The water content in dragonfruit contributes to its osmotic properties, meaning it helps balance the osmotic pressure inside and outside of cells. Osmosis is the process by which water moves across cell membranes to equalize solute concentrations. By providing water-rich hydration, dragonfruit supports optimal osmotic balance in the body, which is vital for cellular function and overall hydration status.

Hydration Status: Consuming hydrating foods like dragonfruit can help maintain overall hydration status and prevent dehydration, especially in hot climates or during physical activity. Adequate hydration supports various physiological processes, including circulation, metabolism, and cognitive function. Dehydration, on the other hand, can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and impaired performance.

Fluid Absorption: The water content in dragonfruit facilitates fluid absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, allowing the body to quickly absorb water and electrolytes into the bloodstream. This can be particularly beneficial after exercise or during periods of increased fluid loss, helping to rehydrate the body more effectively.

Want to make use of this nutritious fruit? We’ve got a fun recipe for you!

Dragonfruit Coconut Smoothie

This smoothie is not only visually stunning with its vibrant pink colour, but it's also packed with tropical flavours and nutrients from the dragonfruit and coconut milk. It's perfect for a refreshing breakfast or snack on a warm day, and it's sure to impress with its unique taste and appearance.  


  • 1 ripe dragonfruit, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (you can use either canned coconut milk or coconut milk beverage)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt for a vegan option)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Additional toppings (optional): shredded coconut, sliced dragonfruit, mint leaves


  1. Prepare the dragonfruit by cutting it in half and scooping out the flesh. Cut the flesh into chunks and set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine the diced dragonfruit, coconut milk, Greek yogurt, blueberries
  3. lime juice, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the ice cubes to the blender.
  5. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender if needed.
  6. Taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness or tanginess by adding more honey, lime juice, or vanilla extract as desired.
  7. Once you've achieved your desired consistency and flavour, pour the smoothie into glasses.
  8. If desired, garnish with additional toppings such as shredded coconut, sliced dragonfruit, or mint leaves.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy your refreshing Dragonfruit Coconut Smoothie! 

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