Unicorn Superfoods Blog

Pink Pitaya: A Tropical Beauty Booster

15 Oct, 2020

The color of Pink Pitaya alone is enough to brighten your day, adding a pop of bright pink to waffles, smoothies, and any other recipe that needs a kick of color. But that bright color brings with it a host of nutrition benefits, making it the perfect choice for anyone who wants to boost their digestive system, immunity, and the health of their hair and skin.

 Grown in the tropical regions of South America and South East Asia, pink pitaya is also known as “Dragon Fruit”, and is technically a type of cactus. You may love pink pitaya for its mildly sweet taste that isn’t dissimilar from kiwi or pear. We love it for its high levels of essential vitamins and minerals, it’s impressive antioxidant content, and how it can help you achieve glowing hair and skin.

 

Beta Carotene: Keeping Your Skin Clear and Your Brain Sharp!

 We all admire pink pitaya for its beauty (it looks like a beautiful pink dragon, after all!) but did you know that the beta carotene in pink pitaya can help you live your best life?

Pink pitaya gets its bright pink color from its high content of beta carotene and betalain. Beta carotene offers multiple health benefits: it protects our hearts from LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff), it protects our brains from premature aging, helps maintain eye health, and even helps our lungs stay strong and healthy.

But beauty buffs will love this most of all: beta carotene converts into Vitamin A (retinol) in our bodies, packing serious benefits for our hair and skin. The beta carotene in pink pitaya acts like an internal SPF, protecting our skin from the damaging rays of the sun, amping up our skin’s resiliency, and even helping make sunscreen more effective. It also helps alleviate the symptoms of dry skin and eczema, and can help our hair grow long and strong. Pink pitaya can also help prevent a dry scalp, dandruff, and dull hair. So if you’re looking for that magic beauty must-have, look no further than pink pitaya!

 

Betalain: Helping You Amp Up That Workout and Detox

Maybe you’ve tried to make workouts easier and more enjoyable - by playing upbeat music, slipping electrolytes into your water, and by treating yourself to a delicious smoothie after working out. But research shows that there’s a better way to make exercise easier: with the power of betalain!

Betalain is perfect for athletes. People who consume betalain-rich foods prior to working out experience enhanced physical performance (this has been studied in runners and cyclists).

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a good detox, pink pitaya can help you out. Its rich betalain content enhances the ability of our livers to flush toxins from the body. Pink pitaya can also protect the body from toxins that do end up in the body, helping to fight off toxic chemicals and pollutants.

The health benefits of betalain-rich pink pitaya does not stop there. Betalain is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body against oxidative stress and premature aging. It helps our cardiovascular systems stay healthy and strong, and can help reduce inflammation.

So when you choose to indulge in some delicious pink pitaya, you’re not just enjoying a colorful smoothie bowl - you’re giving your body the chance to protect, detox, and heal.

 

Maintain a Healthy Weight with the Power of Fiber

When you’re not getting enough fiber in your diet, the results can be, well, uncomfortable. Nobody wants to go through life with constipation, bloating, excessive hunger, weight gain, and energy crashes. If you have any of these symptoms, it might be time to pay more attention to the amount of fiber you’re getting in your diet. 

Pink pitaya has 7 grams of fiber per one-cup serving. That’s more than the fiber content in one cup of pear, one cup of oatmeal, broccoli, and strawberries - all foods that are heralded as fiber powerhouses. Just by throwing some Pink Pitaya Powder in smoothies and recipes, you could help your body reduce insulin resistance, promote gut health, improve your metabolism, assist with digestion, and help you stay a healthy weight.

Pink pitaya is a beautiful fruit - with its bright pink coloring and delicious flavor - and eating plenty of it can help you stay beautiful inside and out!

And what else do we love about this magic pink fruit? It’s a very hydrating superfood - made up of 90 percent water, rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and all the while having very few calories. It can help you get your needed daily amount of vitamins B, C, and E, as well as iron, calcium, and phosphorous, packing significant health benefits for your digestive system, immune system, skin health, liver health, and even benefitting that amazing brain of yours!

 

Tropical, Delicious, and Great For Your Health

So next time you happily turn your smoothie bright pink with our 100% Freeze Dried Pink Pitaya Powder, remember that the bright pink color is so much more than just a color of the rainbow: that color means nutrients, which means glowing skin, strong hair, a healthy weight, and so many other health benefits that help you stay top of your game.

Indulge in the sweet and fruity taste of pink pitaya by adding our 100% Freeze Dried Pink Pitaya Powder to smoothies, cookies, and this delicious guilt-free Pink Pitaya Raw Cheesecake. With these bright health benefits and colors, it’s impossible to not crack a smile as you take your first sip (or bite!) of delicious pink pitaya.

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