Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Fertility food series - Passion fruit is great for infertility & other medical conditions !!!

  • Cancer: Passion fruit contains rich amounts of antioxidant Vitamin C  and 50% of daily RDA value These antioxidants have been proven to neutralize the free radicals and protect from cancer. Passion fruit contains Vitamin A and flavonoids which is effective in protecting  from oral cancer and lung cancer.
    Infertility: The vitamin A, C and other antioxidants help in improving the sperm parameters in men and egg quality in women. The fruit is packed with about 30 mg per 100 g of vitamin C. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant.Antioxidants have been proven to protect from free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a result of  increasing pollution. Excessive pollution has also lead to increase in oxidative stress. High oxidative stress increases production of free radicals in the body, which damages the  sperm  and egg cell DNA making them abnormal .
    Blood pressure: Passion fruit is highly effective to protect from high blood pressure. It contains 348 mg of potassium which is 7% of RDA.  High potassium helps in maintaining the balance of sodium level in the body. High sodium levels in the body increase the risk of high blood pressure and other disease like heart attack or stroke.
    Colon Cleanser: Passion fruit contains soluble fiber, which aid in  cleansing of toxins stored in the colon. These toxins are responsible for the colon cancer. 100 gm. of passion fruit provides 27% of daily fiber required by the body, hence is one of the best way to clean the colon.
    Eye Vision: The fruit is a rich source of  of vitamin-A (provides about 1274 IU per 100 g), and flavonoid antioxidants such as β-carotene and cryptoxanthin-β.
    Due to change in lifestyle and bad food habits,  problem of low eyesight is growing day by day. Loss or reduction of eye vision is usually due to lack of nutrition in food and this can be reversed by including healthy food in the diet. Passion fruit can be counted among those healthy foods that are immensely  beneficial for eye.   These nutrients protect eyes from free radical damage and improve eyesight.
    Enhance Blood production: Passion fruit contains high amounts of iron which is 20% of daily required value. Along with iron it is a rich source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C increase the absorption capacity of iron. So it prevents loss of iron and increase the production of blood.
    Aids in  digestion: Passion fruit is also rich in high amounts of soluble fiber which increase bulk laxative and facilitate digestion. It  is also found to promote the nutrient absorbing capacity of the body.
    Immunity: Vitamin C is highly effective to increase immunity, thus protecting the body from common diseases like cold, flu and infections.
    Cardiovascular Health: Passion fruit is enriched with huge amount  of fiber which  reduces the cholesterol level in blood. It also  augments  HDL ( good cholesterol) and reduce LDL   ( bad cholesterol). This in turn will prevent blockage of blood flow towards the heart. The  antioxidants are also known to protect arteries from free radicals. So it can be safely concluded that  intake of passion fruit is highly beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
    Improve Sleep quality: It was found that eating passion fruit relaxes the nervous system and induces sleep.
    Asthma : Passion fruit is widely known to reduce symptoms of asthma .

Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility specialist


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