Dragon fruit is used for diabetes, prediabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Dragon fruit can be eaten raw or made into wine, juice, spreads, or desserts. The flowers are sometimes eaten as a vegetable or made into a tea.
In manufacturing, the peel of the fruit is used as food coloring and as a thickener.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Diabetes. Some early research shows that taking dragon fruit does not lower blood sugar levels in most people with type 2 diabetes. But more research is needed to see if higher doses might be beneficial.
- Prediabetes. Early research shows that dragon fruit can lower blood sugar levels in most patients with prediabetes. Higher doses seem to be most effective.
- Heart disease.
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Wound healing.
- Other uses.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Diabetes: Dragon fruit might lower blood sugar levels. If you take dragon fruit, monitor your blood sugar levels closely.
Surgery: Dragon fruit might interfere with blood sugar control. Stop taking dragon fruit at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with DRAGON FRUIT
Dragon fruit might lower blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking dragon fruit along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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