Passion fruit is found to have a multitude of health benefits. For one thing, the edible flesh and seeds contain powerful antioxidants and other nutrients to boost the immune system and cardiovascular health.
Medical News Today claims passion fruit is also a great source of fiber that keeps the gut healthy and prevents constipation and bowel disorders with only 17 calories per fruit, while the American Medical Association adds that fiber helps lower overall cholesterol levels, and therefore improves heart health.
But there are more health benefits of passion fruit:
- Passion fruit has a low glycemic index, which makes it an excellent choice for people with diabetes. In addition, research has indicated that eating passion fruit seeds improves insulin sensitivity and can reduce the risk of many diseases, including diabetes.
- Passion fruit is rich in vitamin C that helps the body absorb more iron from foods. This helps fight off infections, according to Medical News Today.
- Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that wards off the common cold and other seasonal illnesses.
Vitamin C versus viral diseases
According to Dr. Donald Marks, an internist and infectious disease expert with degrees in both immunology and microbiology, taking vitamin C is an excellent way to fight viral diseases. “In my opinion, vitamin C is one of the best options,” he told Newsmax. “It is an antiviral and is readily available not only in fruits and vegetables but in a variety of over-the-counter supplements, as well as in throat lozenges and gummies.