What is passion fruit?
Most of the herbs we know are not edible or tasty, but the passion fruit is very different from most of its family members.
Apart from its various medicinal properties, passion fruit can also boast an exotic and wonderful taste, which made it a popular and sought-after commodity in many homes and self-respecting restaurants.
Passion fruit originated in South America, and its taste is not the only reason why it is now cultivated all over the world.
There is historic evidence that the passion fruit’s flowers and fruits have been used for centuries with medicinal purposes.
This plant started out as an aphrodisiac and was given the name “fruit of passion” in South America. However, today it is one of the most common herbs in naturopathic treatments and it is used by people who value the importance of natural nutrition and herbs.
The medicinal properties of the passion fruit
The parts of the passion fruit that have medicinal properties are its flowers and fruit. The fruit can be eaten, but
another great way to benefit from it is to extract oil from its seeds using cold press method. The passion fruit helps with the treatment for the following conditions:
- Reduction of anxiety
Perhaps, the most familiar feature of the passion fruit is decreasing stress and anxiety. The fruit is considered helpful in treating hyperactivity that manifests in excessive nervousness, chronic insomnia or restless sleep. The active ingredients of passion fruit are also good for treating mental stress, anxiety and restlessness.
- Rich in vitamin C
Vitamin C is known as a stimulant that strengthens the immune system. It is beneficial for your body in two ways – both for prevention and for treatment of viruses and viral diseases.
- Rich in fiber
Passion fruit’s seeds are rich in fiber, which is good for your digestive system. Also, the juice of the fruit is rich in substances that speed up digestion and helps your digestive system to function properly.
- What is the best way to consume the passion fruit?
The easiest and tastiest way of all is to eat the inside of this exotic fruit in order to benefit from its medicinal properties. However, if we want it to be more effective, we can obtain the active ingredients of the passion fruit as a concentrate. There are several nutritional supplements and homeopathic products that contain a concentrate extracted from different parts of the plant, its flowers, juice, or seeds. Since the flowers of this plant contain the highest concentration of its active ingredients, they are used the most for production of dietary supplements based on the passion fruit.