Passion Fruit is a tasty treat that a lot of people don’t know about except for tropical drinks. But this sweet and perfumy tasting fruit has many health benefits. Passion Fruit grows in lots of tropical regions of the world including the US, Caribbean, Central America, South America, India, China, Asia, and Africa.
Good Weight Loss Food – Passion Fruit is low in calories, one cup contains less than 100 calories.
Lots of Fiber – One cup of the jelly like fruit contains more fiber than 4.5 cups of bran cereal.
Lowers Blood Pressure – Passion Fruit contains an alkaloid called Harman which lowers blood pressure and also soothes, relaxes, plus dilates blood vessels… at the same time calming the GI tract and doing away with spasms.
Lowers Cholesterol – Passion Fruit contains lots of fiber which is important for lowering cholesterol, and for creating an environment for probiotic bacteria… thus you have better immunity.
Asthma Relief – A study was done with purple Passion Fruit skin… showing 74% of the people had a reduction in wheezing. And Passion Fruit also stops the asthma reaction by blocking histamine… thus opening up airways.
Insomnia – Passion Fruit and Passion Flower Tea both have the ability to sooth away tension allowing a person to relax, reduce anxiety, and feel at peace.
Lots of Iron – Passion Fruit contains lots of iron, in fact one cup of Passion Fruit contains 1/2 your daily needs of iron, which is important for hemoglobin production for red blood cells.
Stimulates the GI Tract – Passion Fruit has a very stimulating effect on the GI tract and also soothes the GI tract with it’s mucilaginous jelly and prevents constipation.
Lots of Magnesium – Passion Fruit contains a lot of magnesium which is important for boosting metabolism, maintaining healthy nervous tissue and helping with stress, and building strong bones.
Passion Flower Tea – One of the best ways to lower blood pressure is with Passion Flower Tea, it’s very soothing, relaxing, and helps with anxiety and tension.
Low Glycemic Index – Passion Fruit has a low amount of sugar and a lot of fiber, creating a low glycemic index.. thus preventing blood sugar spikes.
Passion Fruit Seeds Contain Polyphenols – These tiny little seeds contain lots of polyphenols like that found in green tea, which are important for boosting immunity and preventing disease… and Passion Fruits polyphenols are anti-microbial in action.
Slightly Anti-inflammatory – Passion Fruit is slightly anti-inflammatory ability… thus helping with inflammation, arthritis, and heart diseases.
Boosting Immunity – Passion Fruit contains lots of Vitamin A and C which are important antioxidants for fighting cancer, boosting the immune system, and keeping away colds and flues… and Passion Fruit contains B Vitamins which enhance your mood.
Contains Vitamin E and K – Passion Fruit contains Vitamin E which is important for nervous system health… and Vitamin K for preventing clots.
Beta-Carotene Antioxidants – Passion Fruit contains lots of antioxidants that protect your eyes, skin, and slow the aging process and lower your chances of coming down with cancer.
Lots of Potassium – Every 100 grams of Passion Fruit contains about 350 mg of potassium. Potassium is very important for cardiovascular health and water regulation.
Trace Minerals and More – Passion Fruit contains iron and copper for anemia, phosphorus for strong bones, protein for muscles and enzyme reactions, selenium for helping you to relax, zinc for immunity, and hardly any fat or sodium.
Uses – Passion Fruit can be made into sorbet, ice cream, drinks, sauces, syrups, jellies, used in salads, desserts, puddings, and cakes. And some types of Passion Fruit flowers can be used for tea, but not all, make sure to use passiflora incarnata for tea… some types may be poisonous.
Making Juice – Open up the Passion Fruit and put the jelly into a blender on low and add some sweetener… that’s it. If you want to remove the seeds use a strainer and save them for later… Passion Fruit seeds have health benefits — see above.
Where to Find Passion Fruit – You can find fresh Passion Fruit at your local Super Market or Asian Market, or you can find Passion Fruit juice frozen in the freezer section. You can also find Passion Flower Tea at your local health foods store or order it on-line.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Shambala Spiritual Transformation Institute, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time. Also check out Dr. Haider’s radio show at http://www.thesourcecenterradio.com/The-Relaxed-Soul.html July show to be about “The Power of Compassion”