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Passion fruit power!

Passion fruit, a well-known berry from Brazil, has a sweet yet sour taste that’s popular in desserts, drinks and smoothies. Ranging in colour from purple to yellow and named after the flower on its vine, passion fruit is not only delicious, but has a lot of health and beauty benefits too!

 

From being nutrient-rich to reducing anxiety and even sanitizing tooth cavities, there’s plenty of reasons to add passion fruit to your diet and reap its rewards.

 

Nutritional ingredients

Passion fruit is a good source of nutrients, especially fiber, vitamin C, and provitamin A.

A single purple passion fruit contains:

Calories: 17

Fiber: 2 grams

Vitamin C: 9 percent of the Daily Value (DV)

Vitamin A: 8 percent of the DV

Iron: 2 percent of the DV

Potassium: 2 percent of the DV

Though this may not seem like much, keep in mind that these are the values for a single, small fruit that has only 17 calories. Calorie for calorie, it’s a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

For maintaining beauty

One benefit from eating passion fruit is younger, healthier looking skin. Like many fruits and vegetables, passion fruit is full of antioxidants and minerals that really benefit the skin and hair. This superfood contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A which are great for anti-aging. These two antioxidants along with riboflavin and carotene can help skin retain moisture and improve blood flow, making it look younger and prevent aging and wrinkling.

Passion fruit also contains potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin B2, which help with the circulation in your scalp. This benefit of passion fruit leads to a healthy scalp and healthy follicles, which is important for growing stronger hair.

Beauty benefits

* Improves skin quality

Passion fruit seeds aid in improving your skin in various ways. The essential oil present in passion fruit seeds helps hydrate your skin, thereby restoring the healthy moisture on your skin. Extracts of passion fruit seeds can be applied to get rid of dry skin.

Likewise, vitamin A and vitamin C present in the seeds act as an antioxidant, eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition to that, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the seeds help reduce your acne and prevents the scarring and black spots. It also helps reduce pain and redness as well. The seeds are also recognised for its prevention of age-related skin issues

* Restores hair health

The presence of vitamin C and collagen in the seeds help improve the quality and health of your hair. The oil obtained from the seeds can be used to provide a natural shine to your hair. It also helps replace the chemicals from hair products and help restore the natural beauty of your hair and prevent damages.

Health benefits

In addition to benefiting the skin, passion fruit benefits the body immensely. Passion fruit is a good source of fiber, potassium, and iron, which can help improve the digestive system and metabolism, regulate and improve blood flow, and also contribute to improving bone health. Many of these minerals and vitamins work together or help with different functions. So while passion fruit is good for repairing skin cells from aging, it’s also good for repairing damaged bone cells and making bones stronger.

Another benefit of passion fruit is that it has a low glycemic index value. This means that it’s good for people with diabetes – they can eat passion fruit for fuel without too much of a risk to their blood sugar, in moderation, of course. Passion fruit can be a good snack that helps to maintain insulin levels or even lower insulin sensitivity levels, due to a special compound found in the fruit called piceatannol.

Beauty treatments which include passion fruit

* Protects skin

Passion fruit have skin protection properties that can protect against cancer-causing agents.

* Moisturizes skin

Unlike other oils, passion fruit oil is lighter and contains no grease which means quicker skin absorption. The non-clogging makes it a fantastic moisturizer and can work wonders when it comes to acne-prone skin.

* Vitamin A skin rejuvenation

Passion fruit contains Vitamin A which encourages healthy skin cell production and keeps the skin firm and healthy. The following are the other benefits of Vitamin A for skin care:

Protects against sun damage by lessening the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Strengthens the skin barrier to protect against bacteria, pollutants and infection.

Stimulates collagen production, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When to comes to acne, it unclogs pores, reduces inflammation and increases skin cell exfoliation.

Side effects

Avoid consuming the seeds along with antidepressants due to their sedative property. Do not consume the seeds with alcohol.

Avoid consuming them in large quantities as the fibre may cause stomach issues. It should not be consumed with medications like aspirin because the seeds can increase the effect of the medicine and cause excessive dilution of blood.

Growing passion fruit for beauty treatments

To improve the chances that your seeds will sprout, rub them between a sheet of sandpaper and soak over night for 12 hours. If you’re not planting your seeds immediately, store them in a sealed envelope or airtight container.

Germinate your seeds. To start the germination process, bury your seed in a container filled with a small amount of soil. Sow your seed just below the surface and water it to keep the soil moist.

Water your seeds. Water your seed regularly to keep the soil moist, but do not saturate it. Keep your container in a warm place to facilitate moisture.

Wait until the seed sprouts. Regularly water your seed until it sprouts. Some seeds germinate within two to three weeks, and some as long as four. Other seeds will take up to four months to sprout, so be patient.

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

 

Home remedies using passion fruit

*The passion fruit contains beta carotene which can save your skin from the harmful sun rays. The beta carotene can also increase the melanin’s production.

To protect, nourish and hydrate the skin, you can make a homemade mask out of the passion fruit’s pulp.

If you have a dry or mature skin, you should also add a tablespoon of a mashed banana and yogurt.

*A passion fruit seed oil to renew the skin. There is also a passion fruit seed oil which can renew, revitalize and nourish your skin and hair.

You can apply this oil on your face two hours before going to bed. It is better to apply it during the evening because the skin revitalizes during the night.

*To nourish the hair, apply the passion fruit 30 minutes before rinsing. You need to rinse it with a shampoo afterwards.

* It is very important to use oils in order to have a healthy hair. You should also use bio and natural shampoos in order to avoid a hair loss.

*Slice a passion fruit using a sharp knife. Scrape off the delicious passion fruit pulp. Apply this onto your clean face, avoiding the eye and mouth area. Sit for 15 minutes and rinse off thoroughly with cold water. Pat dry and apply moisturizer.


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