There are a bunch of numerous exotic fruits that you can not get at your local grocery or produce store. For those you must visit an Asian market or another specialty market.
One great example is dragon fruit:
16 Amazing Benefits Of Dragon Fruit For Skin, Hair And Health
GARGI BHATTACHARJEE ON JULY 12, 2014
Dragon fruit is a fruit of the cactus plant that grows in the tropical and subtropical areas which includes Asia and Latin America. It has a yellow or red peel with green scales on it, which are spiny, inside a white, magenta or pink flesh and it has many tiny black seeds – the overall shapes resembles a dragon and hence the name Dragon fruit. Dragon fruit provides a number of essential nutrients and has some potential health benefits as well. The other name of Dragon fruit is Pitaya.
benefits of dragon fruit for skin
Dragon Fruit Benefits:
Health Benefits Of Dragon Fruits:
The two risk factors for heart diseases are having a high level of oxidative stress and stiff arteries. Consuming dragon fruit help us to improve these conditions.
Dragon Fruit is low in cholesterol content and has no unhealthy cholesterol fats that harm the human body.
Dragon Fruit consists of a small amount of healthy monounsaturated fats because the fruit contains many seeds in its edible part. The seeds and the nuts in the dragon fruit contain fats and proteins.
Dragon fruit is also best known for its cleansing properties of the digestive system. The fibers in the fruit help to get better bowel movements. It is also a good solution for constipation.
Dragon fruit is a natural source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help out a person from any free radicals that cause cancer as well as unwanted health damages.
Dragon fruit helps to decrease the irritation of joints, so it is called as an anti inflammatory fruit. The symptoms of arthritis are alleviated once the swelling of the joints are reduced.
6. Good for the Heart:
The greatest of dragon fruit advantages if for cardiovascular health. It decreases bad cholesterol levels from the body and then increases good cholesterol levels. This fruit is a good source of mono saturated fats which helps to keep our heart in good condition.
7. Regulates Diabetes:
Dragon fruit contains a high amount of fiber that helps a person stabilize his blood sugar levels. It also avoids sugar spikes that are often observed after eating high glycemic index foods. Therefore, it is good for a diabetic patient though you should consult your doctor before consumption.
8. Fights Aging:
This fruit is a rich source of antioxidants. It helps us to fight free radicals in our body. It also helps to slow down the aging process after the free radicals are reduced. Due to this, the skin looks young, flexible and tight.
9. Helps In Weight Management:
Dragon fruit is low in calories. It is also a rich source of fiber. Therefore, it helps us to feel full after a meal without adding extra pounds. It cleans and improves our metabolic system thereby helping us to maintain a healthy weight.H
Dragonfruits contain high amounts of Vitamin C which strengthens the immunity system against and helps fight against respiratory disorders like Asthma.
11. Gold Mine of Vitamins and Minerals:
Dragon fruit contains high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, and B3. It is also rich in manyimportant minerals as iron, calcium, phosphorus. Apart from this, it contains a good proportion of protein, fiber and niacin and last but not the least, 80 percent water. Hence you can easily call it a ‘super fruit’ that helps in enhancing nutrition and corrects body ailments. Not only that, dragon fruit can be a vital ingredient in your daily beauty regime even. Dragon fruit seeds contain unsaturated fat and fights bad cholesterol.
12. Dragon Fruit Face Pack to Fight the Aging Process:
To prevent premature aging, you may apply a dragon fruit facial mask once in a week. To make this mask, take half of dragon fruit and make a smooth paste out of it. Mix one tablespoon of yogurt to it and apply entire face and neck. Wait for 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Owing to its antioxidant properties this facial mask effectively slows down aging progression of cells.
13. Dragon Fruit Face Pack to Treat Acne:
As dragon fruit is rich in vitamin C, it is really useful for treating acne. Take a quarter of dragon fruit. Make a smooth paste out of it. Apply it on affected area. Rinse off with lukewarm water once it gets dry. Apply this regularly, if possible twice a day for best result.
14. Dragon Fruit Face Pack to Soothe Sunburned Skin:
Take one tablespoon each of dragon fruit juice and cucumber juice. Add one tablespoon honey with it. Mix these well in a bowl and apply this pack on sunburned skin. Let this face pack stay at least for half an hour, so that it can cool your skin. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and continue with ice cold water. As dragon fruit is rich in vitamin B3, it soothes and moisturizes dry sunburned skin. So next time you suffer from sunburn, don’t forget to apply this pack. The dragon fruit juice also works as a wonderful sun shield. Before going out, soak some cotton ball into some dragon fruit juice. Apply it on face. Allow the skin to absorb the juice and wash your face with cold water. This will protect you from the harmful effects of UV rays.
15. Dragon Fruit Face Pack for Bright Glowing Skin:
Take a dragon fruit. Scoop out its flesh. Make a smooth paste of it. Apply it on face, neck, and on the rest of your body. Let it absorb in your body. Take a shower. Do it twice a week.
Dragon Fruit: Hair Benefits
16. Treat Coloured Hair:
Dragon fruit juice works really well on chemically treated hair and coloured hair. Apply some dragon fruit juice on your scalp. Wait 15-20 minutes. Wash your hair with shampoo.
How to Eat Dragon Fruit?
The best way of enjoying a dragon fruit, is cutting it into two halves and eating its creamy pulp by scooping it out with a spoon. Chilled dragon fruit juice is really tasty and refreshing. You may also use dragon fruit as an ingredient in your fruit salad. A delicious dragon fruit smoothie can be tried as a healthy treat in the evening instead of French fries or burgers. Here is one simple recipe, which you can try at home.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe:
Blend one cup dragon fruit pulp, one banana, one cup of coconut water and one teaspoon ginger paste all together in a mixer grinder. Pour the mixture into a tall glass. You may add a dash of lemon if you like. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on it. If you don’t bother about any extra calories, you may even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It tastes heavenly.
How to Choose Dragon Fruit?
Avoid buying over ripe dragon fruit. Over ripe dragon fruits have too many blotches on it. So you can easily identify whether the fruit is over ripe or not. You also should not buy those dragon fruits, if you find them in dry condition. Bright and even color dragon fruit is best to consume. You can also buy dragon fruit jam and make your tasty sandwiches with it.
After reading the various benefits of dragon fruit, I am sure you will not mind adding this wonder fruit in your diet. Do share your comments below.
Dragon Fruit Key Ingredients And Nutrition Facts:
Dragon fruit is a good source of nutrients which are very beneficial for our health. It contains high amount of Vitamin C as well as iron, calcium, Vitamin B, potassium, fiber, other vitamins and minerals.
Nutritive value per 100 g of Dragon
Total Fat 0.61g
Water 83.0 g
Potassium 436 mg
Cholesterol 0 mg
Dietary Fiber 0.9g
There are a bunch of other exotic fruits:
Rambutan – similar to lichee
How about Goiaba I never even heard of that one!
There are many different fruits with healing properties that are out there and you just need to explore!
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The Taco truck was shady as fuck! They wouldn’t except cash at all! Only credit or debit cards! At an event like that that is super shady!
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They all bought Apple soda and Mike (girlfriends brother-in-law) got a beef arepa and he said it was great! The apple soda was delicious and I hate soda!
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Pic by the water!
Give these Tilapia Cakes a try, you wont regret it!
1/2 teaspoon Mustard
1 cup Egg White
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tbsp chopped Onions
2 tbsp Sweet Red Peppers
1 serving (serving = 4 oz) Wal-Mart Tilapia Fillets
Heat a non skillet pan and cook tilapia for 3 min each side until flaky. Then shred tilapia in a bowl and add in all other ingredients. Once mixed together form in balls and brown in the pan for 3 minutes on each side. Top with 1 tsp mustard!
per 1 serving size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244Calories from Fat 28
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 3.084.74%
Saturated Fat 1.025.10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.06
Monounsaturated Fat 0.06
Total Carbohydrate 6.132.04%
Dietary Fiber 0.853.40%
Vitamin A 12.00%Vitamin C 64.50%
Calcium 2.00%Iron 3.00%
I say screw only sweet peppers! Add Cayenne pepper and possibly Dave’s or Blair’s hot sauce for the ultra hot kick! In addition to the sweet peppers and other ingredients. Add the hot sauce to the tsp of mustard to make a spicy sauce!
**Update** October 23rd 2014
I want to try this in a week or 2!
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A recently sewn Radiate shirt.
A recently sewn Radiate shirt.
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Includes 2 Lebert Equalizer™ bars, instructional DVD, Laminated Poster
**Update** October 3rd 2014
I got the bars today and to my amazement they were much more sturdy then I anticipated! These things are heavy and built like a tank! So awesome! Can’t wait to use them! I did a leaning pushup and I thought it would be easy! But it was actually tough!
Lime Green Lebert Equalizer with the Big Boy Legs! An additional 3″ height! And the Lebert Fitness poster in the background. I taped it to the front of my box jump box.
SARMs-S1 BUILD MUSCLE-BURN FAT
S1 (MK 2866 or Ostarine) is another SARM that displays plenty of promise at promoting lean body mass. It is extremely potent, has a long half life, and displays no androgenic effects. This means it won’t cause any secondary “masculine” side-effects. S-1 is purely anabolic like Anavar, something I know women would love to hear especially if they are looking to build muscle without virilization (masculine side effects). It binds strongly to the androgen receptor, but without the side effects normally associated with high levels of testosterone or other compounds. It shows considerable properties as a muscle hardening agent just slightly less than those of S4. It’s ability to cause fat loss means it can be used on a cutting cycle and can be stacked effectively with fat burners.
S1 has displayed a real ability to help heal those with debilitating injuries and to speed up injury recovery. The beneficial effects on recovery make medical use highly appealing. An added benefit is you get the great recovery without all the negative changes to cholesterol, blood pressure, prostate, heart or any other organs the way anabolic steroids do. (per Elitefitness Forum)
Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (S.A.R.M) are becoming the supplement of choice for todays athletes…BUT REMAIN TOTALLY LEGAL.
(This info given to use from the guys at EliteFitness.com) Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (S.A.R.M), attach to the very same receptors that good old steroids like Dianabol and testosterone would attach to, but SARMs don’t have the disadvantages and side-effects of the old school anabolic hormones. As a matter of fact, while SARMs are anabolic and improve performance, they may not even qualify as hormones. They are a completely new compound that specifically target muscle building, strength and performance without causing any of the unwanted side effects of anabolic steroids… This is a new dawn in the evolution of muscle pharmacology, and I’m sure you will enjoy learning about how SARMS can increase muscle mass, while helping you to lose bodyfat and increase athletic performance beyond what we ever thought possible.
SARMs – Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators
Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (S.A.R.Ms) provide the positives of testosterone including and not limited to increased muscle mass, fat loss, and bone density. But they do not have the negative side effects of androgens which include prostate issues, hair loss, acne, and liver problems.
Your androgen receptors (AR) are the receptors that androgens such as testosterone and DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) bind to, and send a “signal” to activate once bound. The bounded androgen receptors combine with another androgen receptor to travel to the nucleus of an androgen cell where gene transcription of DNA to RNA takes place. This gene transcription is the process in which androgenic hormones exert their anabolic effects on muscle tissue. In contrast to androgenic steroids, SARMs have the ability to take the place of the androgen, and as a result, they bring forth many of the same positive effects on muscle tissue as anabolic steroids like testosterone and DHT. Being non-steroidal SARMs do not turn into unwanted estrogen or into side-inducing dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Studies have shown the ability of SARMs to increase muscle and bone mass dramatically in animals while having no adverse impact on the prostate. Phase I trials of SARMs in humans have also reported significant increases in lean muscle mass.
Is it for real? Stay tuned!!
**Update** December 16th, 2014
The super supplement with no side effects has been found to have a deadly side effect and I have fell victim to it! For the past 2 months I have felt like shit and my cholesterol has jumped to 252! My blood pressure is also like 155/84 Do not use SARMs! If you do stop immediately! I would like to see a class action suit against them! My Testosterone has also dropped to the high 200’s and my muscle has dropped and my fat has raised! I have no desire to workout! This sucks! I have to see a specialist to correct this immediately! I normally have low cholesterol and blood pressure of 115/74 this sucks!
Fuck you very much SARMs!