By Dr Harold Gunatillake Health Writer
The name 'Passion' was given by Catholic missionaries in South America.
The leaves of the passion creeper contain an alkaloid, which has blood pressure lowering, sedative and antispasmodic action and are used in many countries as medicines.
The flower of the passion fruit has a mild sedative effect, and can help induce sleep. The passion flower has been used in the treatment of nervous and easily excited children (hyperactive), bronchial asthma, insomnia, nervous gastrointestinal disorders and menopausal problems.
The passion flower is sometimes used as a mild hallucinogen.
Passion fruits are high in potassium and dietary fiber, and a good source of vitamin C.
The phytochemicals responsible for this anticancer effect are the carotenoids and polyphenols. Other phytochemicals in passion fruit are passaflorine, harmine, Harman, harmol, harmalin, vitexin, isovitexin, chrysin, scopoletin and theobromide. This does not however prove that by eating the fruit one could cure cancer.
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Freezing the fruits
You can store the frozen passion fruit for up to eight months. Add a pinch sugar to the passion fruit when you freeze it to ensure that it retains its sweet flavor.
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