Kiwi is a small fruit with great power, packed into that little electric green fruit are large amounts of potassium, vitamins C and E, polyphenols and fiber and they are low in sugar.
This summer stock up on kiwifruit for these health benefits.
1. Cardiovascular Health
One of the many benefits of eating kiwifruit is its ability to prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce triglyceride levels.
A study done by The University of Oslo showed that eating two to three kiwifruit a day can provide significant results related to preventing cardiovascular disease .
2. Kiwifruit Improves Your Sleep
Sleep is important for restoring our health and not getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night can lead to a number of health problems. Unfortunately, many people do not get the sleep they need in today’s society but kiwifruit may be able to help you, according to a study done at Taipei Medical University which says that kiwifruit helps to improve sleep time and quality .
3. Improved Mood
Feeling depressed? Kiwifruit has vitamins C, E and carotenoids which are important nutrients in maintaining psychological health and eating only two a day can decrease the tendency towards depression, decrease fatigue and increase energy according to a study done by the University of Otago in New Zealand .
4. Burn Wounds and Ulcers
Studies done on wound healing in rats would seem to indicate that kiwifruit may also be beneficial in human wound healing. It has antibacterial and angiogenic properties and helps contract the wound . This may be beneficial in treating ulcers, burn wounds and bed sores.
5. Improved Digestion
Actinidin, a substance found in kiwifruit, has also been shown to be beneficial in digestion and particularly protein digestion (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian proteins) .
6. Immune Support for Cancer Patients
Kiwifruit has traditionally been used for cancer patients in China and it has been found that it may be beneficial in improving appetite and alleviating anorexia, vomiting, sweating and pain in patients receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy .
7. Lowering Blood Pressure
One of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and a fairly common problem, is high blood pressure. A study reported in the Journal of Hypertension shows how kiwifruit was beneficial in lowering the blood pressure of a group of smokers .
8. Eye Health
Another ingredient found in kiwifruit is carotenoids. In particular kiwifruit contains the two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, that are important for the health of our eyes and in preventing macular degeneration as we grow older .
9. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation
According to studies eating kiwifruit can also be beneficial for your bowel function and can help improve irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. This is probably due to the high fiber content that is also able to contain a lot of water, but may also be related to a proteolytic enzyme that has been found in kiwifruit (Actindin) .
10. Boost Your Immune System
Our immune system is vital to ensuring good health and preventing a host of diseases and fighting any disease-causing substances that enter our body. Kiwifruit is well known for its immune supporting abilities due to its high vitamin content, especially vitamin C and antioxidants .
Although kiwifruit has many excellent health benefits it is also causes serious allergic effects in some people so if you are unsure rather get this checked out first. If you are able to eat kiwifruit then stock up and take advantage of its many health benefits.
Want an easy and great way to enjoy this fruit? Try this kiwifruit smoothie: