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PREGNANT WOMEN EAT PASSION FRUITS, SHOULDN’T OR NOT?
Passion fruit is a kind of fruits which comes from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This fruit is rich in Vitamin A, C, B2, B6 and B3, besides, passion fruits contain fiber, other minerals such as K, Fe, P, Cu and Mg. For these reasons, they give us many benefits for both mothers and babies.
Passion fruits bring many benefits for both mothers and babies
Promotes the growth and development of fetuses
Passion fruits contain a lot of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other essential nutritions for the growth and development of babies. Therefore, eating passion fruits regularly will support fetuses’ health during pregnancy
Since ancient times, passion fruit has been cultivated and enjoyed because of the belief that it provides a boost to the immune system. It was however unknown to most people until modern times that this immune strengthening property was due to the presence of vitamin C, carotene, and cryptoxanthin. In fact, a single serving of passion fruit (100 grams) provides about 30 mg of vitamin C. All of these vitamins act as antioxidants, which scavenge free radicals from the body and neutralize them before they can harm the organ systems and result in conditions like cancer, heart disease, or premature aging. Furthermore, vitamin C stimulates the activity of white blood cells and the rest of the immune defense system, thereby protecting you from common illnesses and serious diseases at the same time.
Passion fruit is known to be rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron phosphorous, potassium and sodium. These minerals maintain bone density, help in speedy recovery of bones and prevent osteoporosis.
Passion fruits and cassava flour mixture
One often overlooked compound in passion fruit is a medicinal alkaloid, harman, which functions as a sedative. This compound of passion fruit has been connected to a reduction in restlessness, insomnia, and nervous anxiety, which can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. So, instead of a glass of warm milk, next time try reaching for a slice of passion fruit and head back to your pillow!
Prevents many respiratory illnesses and diseases
Passion fruits are considered as a treatment to get rid of phlegm and mucus in throat. Moreover, they can relieve many symptoms of asthma, coughing and wheezing.
Aids in Digestion
Passion fruits are a very strong source of fiber, and a single serving provides the human body with approximately 98% of its daily requirement. Fiber is an essential component of a healthy diet since it is the substance that facilitates healthy digestion of food and the regulation of bowel movements. Passion fruit is a good source of soluble fiber, both in the pulp and in the rind, which acts as a bulk laxative, moving food through the digestive tract and reducing exposure time of the colon to any toxins. It can reduce signs of constipation by regulating bowel movements, scrubbing the blood vessels clean of excess cholesterol, and even preventing gastrointestinal conditions like colorectal cancer.
Kentary freeze-dried passion fruit
Passion fruit is also rich in potassium, an important mineral that regulates blood pressure levels. It relaxes the blood vessels and enhances blood flow. This reduces heart strain and improves overall heart health. More importantly, the movement between the body’s membranes is often allowed only through channels regulated by potassium – which is another reason this mineral is so crucial.
Good for our eyes and skin
We all know that antioxidants are good for our skin. Passion fruit has many types of antioxidants in it like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, riboflavin and carotene. These antioxidants reduce the production of free radicals in our body. Free radicals are generated by our body cells as a by-product and can cause skin aging. The anti-inflammatory properties of passion fruit tend to soothe our skin.
Passion fruit prevents morning sickness
There are no inherent risks of eating passion fruit, and its wealth of nutrients and health benefits take care of most bodily concerns. However, people should eat 1 or 2 passion fruits per day. Most of the calories of this fruit do come from sugars, so people with diabetes should be careful not to eat it excessively, or at least be aware of their blood sugar levels. Other than that, enjoy passion fruit and start feeling better in countless ways in no time.