Health institutions also said this fruit also contains lycopene², a compound from the carotenoid group that gives the fruit its red color.
Lycopene has antioxidant properties that can counteract free radicals, which are associated with various diseases. Besides lycopene, dragon fruit also contains other antioxidant compounds, betalains and hydroxycinnamates, that are important for the body.
Dragon Fruit Benefits
Below are the science-backed dragon fruit benefits:
1. It Promotes Skin Health
Since dragon fruit is rich in antioxidants and it contains vitamins A and C, it may help promote skin health. After all, reports say carotenoids and vitamins A and C are “agents capable of promoting skin health and beauty”³.
2. It Might Help Reduce The Risk Of Prostate Cancer
Dragon fruit benefits may include prostate cancer risk reduction. Reports say lycopene (which dragon fruits are rich in) can induce death of prostate cancer cells and suppress progression and proliferation⁴.