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    Belle de Nuit, Belle of the Night, Buah Naga, Cactus triangularis, Cardo-Ananas, Cato-Barse, Cereus guatemalensis, Cereus trianglaris, Cereus tricostatus, Cereus trigonus, Cereus undatus, Chaca, Chacam, Chak-Wob, Cierge-Lezard, Condorella Plant,...
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    DRAGON FRUIT Overview
    DRAGON FRUIT Side Effects
    DRAGON FRUIT Interactions
    DRAGON FRUIT Overview Information

    Dragon fruit is the fruit of a kind of cactus that grows in dry areas of South America. Usually the skin of the dragon fruit is red and the pulp is red or white. Dragon fruit is sometimes used as medicine. The fruit is also popular as a food.

    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?

    Dragon fruit contains chemicals which act as antioxidants. These compounds might help protect the body.

    DRAGON FRUIT Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    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.
    • Cancer.
    • Heart disease.
    • High blood pressure.
    • High cholesterol.
    • Obesity.
    • Wound healing.
    • Other uses.
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of dragon fruit for these uses.

    DRAGON FRUIT Side Effects & Safety

    When taken by mouth: Dragon fruit is LIKELY SAFE when eaten as a food. There isn't enough reliable information to know if taking dragon fruit as medicine is safe or what the side effects might be. Some people might be allergic to dragon fruit.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if dragon fruit is safe when used in medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

    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.

    DRAGON FRUIT Interactions What is this?

    Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

    • 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.


    The appropriate dose of dragon fruit depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for dragon fruit. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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