Drug efficacy, the dragon tree is not only derived from the fruit alone but from the leaves and fruit leather as well. In addition to delicious, red dragon fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus) or often called red pitaya also have medicinal properties, among others, as lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics and smooth the skin, while the bark extract of the leaves and fruit can increase the flexibility of blood vessels and inhibit cell growth tumors.
Reduction of Blood Sugar LevelsBy consuming a red dragon fruit (250 grams) each morning and evening for eight consecutive days, will lower blood sugar levels in diabetics. During eating dragon fruit, patients should stop eating rice, because rice is a source of sugar for diabetics.
Skin smoothingAccording to Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yusuf traditional healers China, the dragon fruit is believed Tionghoa culture refine facial skin, which appears more beautiful, but not used to treat deadly diseases like cancer or heart disease. Dragon fruit both to overcome the heat in because it is cool.
Inhibiting Tumor Cell GrowthUsefulness dragon tree, not only lies in the fruit but the leaves and the fruit skin. Rosario Vargas research results from the Laboratorio de Investigation Sols Fitofarmacologia Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana de Xochimilco Mexico, showed that the chloroform extract of the white flesh dragon fruit leaves contain compounds taraxast pentacyclic triterpene-20-ENE-3a-ol and taraxast-12, 20 (30)-Dien -3a-ol. Both compounds were shown to protect rabbits flexibility of blood vessels.Researchers estimate the efficacy of both compounds was almost equal troxerutin one micro vascular protective drug on the market. The drug was beneficial to reduce the risk of rupture of blood vessels.
Test results performed in vitro Wu Li-chen, a researcher Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chi Nan University, showed that the extract of red flesh dragon fruit skin potentially inhibit the growth of B16F10 tumor cells at doses of 25 grams.