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A huge part of our overall health is in what we eat and how well we take care of our gut health. The majority of us—including myself at one point—usually just stick to apples, bananas, blueberries, oranges, or grapes for our fruit intake. However, there are other, more overlooked fruits that are rich in all the good things for your body.


Benefits according to UCLA Health:

  • Improves heart health, including helping to lower blood pressure
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties, specifically helps reducing inflammation in the gut
  • Contains anti-cancer phytonutrients
  • Supports urinary health
  • Improves digestion
  • Boosts endurance and energy
  • Contains antimicrobial properties that aid in preventing gum disease

Benefits according to Medical News Today:

  • Lowers risk of asthma with the nutrient beta-carotene
  • Potentially reduces cancer risk
  • Improves bone health and strength because of Vitamin K consumption
  • Aids in improving digestion and digestive tract health
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Can be used as a topical ointment to treat burns and wounds preventing infection
  • Contains Vitamin A which helps with hair health
Dragon Fruit

Benefits according to PharmEasy:

  • Lowers risk of diabetes and cancer
  • Increases immunity
  • Aids in digestion
  • Brightens skin
  • Helps restore damaged hair
  • Helps with eye health
  • Great boost of energy during pregnancy
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Simone Smith

Virginia Tech '25

I am a junior at Virginia Tech pursuing a degree in Public Relations. I enjoy painting, hikes with friends, sunsets, and finding new music.