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Passion fruit, Passiflora edulis / Passifloraceae
Benefits for the health
As many other fruit, the passion fruit is an excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. The vitamins found in this fruit are vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and C. Vitamins are very important for our body; they act mainly as co-enzymes with catalytic functions, like the niacin vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid), which takes part in the synthesis and degradation of carbohydrates, fatty acids and amino acids.

In reference to minerals, the passion fruit is a good source of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc. The selenium is part of the cellular antioxidant system, which is responsible of maintaining the structure and functions of cellular membranes. It acts together with vitamin E, preventing the damage caused by the oxygen free radicals.
Popular tradition
The passion fruit has sedative and relaxing effects, so it is recommended in case of anxiety or insomnia.

The passion fruit is rich in flavonoids and alkaloids that are beneficial in case of sleep problems. It is an excellent sedative that brings about natural sleep, so this fruit is recommended to people who experience insomnia and anxiety. Tablets with extracts of this plant are also marketed.
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