5 Kinds Of Purple Fruit That Contain Antioxidants, What Are The Benefits?
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JAKARTA - Eating fruit every day is proven to be healthy based on various studies. Especially fruit that contains rich nutrients or is called superfood, and this one, purple fruit.

Purple fruit contains anthocyanins. Anthocyanin is a type of substance that is antioxidant.

Furthermore, this is a list of purple fruits that deserves thumbs up because they contain anthocyanins and various other complete nutrients.

Beetroot
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Beetroot illustration (Unsplash / FOODISM360)

Beets are a type of root crop, but are known as beets or beetroots. The color is dark reddish purple containing betalain. Betalain is like anthocyanins which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Besides the good content, iron, manganese, nitrate and potassium are also in beets. The content is mostly stored in the skin and flesh of beets.

Blackberry
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This fruit is widely known, most often processed into juice which is rich in nutrients. The purple color comes from the anthocyanin pigment, which is usually also found in blue and red fruits.

The antioxidants in blackberries are useful in protecting cells from damage, suppressing inflammation and smoothing the digestive system because they are rich in fiber and other micronutrients.

Pomegranate
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Pomegranate illustration (Unsplash / Sahand Babali)

Pomegranate or known as passion fruit has a lot of seeds in the fruit. The fruit is not fleshy, but contains a lot of water.

Just like other purple fruits, pomegranate contains piceatannol, a type of antioxidant that prevents aging and other health benefits.

In a study reported by Healthline, piceatannol in pomegranate can protect the skin to stay moisturised.

The study involved 32 women with dry skin conditions. For 8 weeks using a cream that contains piceatannol, the effect is increased skin moisture.

Another study found that pomegranate helps strengthen bones, prevents osteoporosis and reduces arterial damage. Cholesterol buildup can also be treated with beneficial substances in pomegranate.

Mangosteen
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The mangosteen fruit since ancient times was grown in tropical areas. The name of the tree is Garcinia mangostana, the fruit is purple and has a sweet taste. The mangosteen rind is dark purple, and must be thrown away because the sap is bitter. The white flesh has a soft texture.

In one mangosteen fruit, it contains fiber, folate, B vitamins, and other important substances that the body needs, including those that help produce red blood cells.

The antioxidants in mangosteen are called xanthones which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and anti-cancer benefits.

Red dragon fruit
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Dragon fruit illustration (Unsplash / Pontus Ohlsson)

There are two colors of this fruit, white dragon fruit and purplish red. Actually, there is no difference in taste but what is different is the content. This tropical fruit has a kiwi-like texture.

It tastes sweet but low in calories. The content of fiber, vitamin C and magnesium can be added to a serving of fruit salad.

The antioxidants in dragon fruit are also very high. Test tube research that has been done before has proven that red dragon fruit extract has the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells.


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