Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002864
Title: Functional and health-promoting bioactivities of dragon fruit
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Review Article
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    Hylocereus sp. or commonly referred to as dragon fruit (pitaya) has its origin from Central and Northern South America, and it is widely present in regions of Florida coast to Brazil. Pitaya is a night flowering ornamental plant and also as a fruit crop. It is widely grown in Vietnam and Asian countries in southeastern countries. It is found in subtropical and tropical American rain forests. It is a rich source of nutrition such as Vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorous. It has higher medicinal values like reducing hypertension, diabetes. It has greater anti-oxidant activity. Also it has beneficial effects in carbohydrate metabolism, strengthening of teeth and bones, helps in formation of heart tissues. It balances blood production and its compositional value of total ascorbic acid, total dietary fibre, pectin and iron content to increase haemoglobin and erythrocyte level. It also reduces aortic stiffness. They also can improve the function of kidneys and sharpness of eyes and strengthen the brain function; it also prevents colon and prostate cancer. This draws an attention of medical studies toward its role in controlling various diseases and vital health-promoting factors.

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    S. Badma Kumar, Reya Issac*, M. Lakshmi Prabha

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    Department of Biotechnology, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Reya Issac, Department of Biotechnology, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore - 641 114, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    S. Badma Kumar, Reya Issac*, M. Lakshmi Prabha

    Title:Functional and health-promoting bioactivities of dragon fruit
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (November [ Special Issue 3 ])
    Year:2018
    Page No: (3307-3310)
  • Experimental Methods Keywords

    Methodology:Anticancerous, Anti-stress, Glycemic control,Medicinal values
    Research Materials:Hylocereus sp.

Keywords

Anticancerous Anti-stress Dragon fruit Glycemic control Hylocereus undatus Medicinal values

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