Kiwifruits were called Chinese gooseberries. They are native to the northern part of China. These fruits are small but packed with incredible nutrition.
Kiwifruits are low in calories. They are rich in several important nutrients – including vitamins C, E, and K, and potassium and folate.
The fruits are replete with fiber, another nutrient that contributes to your health in a great way. Some research indicates the fruit’s ability to combat heart disease and diabetes.
There is more to the fruit, though. Let’s find out all about it in this article.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Kiwifruits?
Kiwis are powerful sources of antioxidants that boost immunity and help prevent respiratory ailments like asthma. While the fiber promotes digestive health, the lutein and zeaxanthin in kiwifruits improve your vision.
1. Help Improve Lung Function In People With Asthma
The high vitamin C content in kiwis may aid asthma treatment. In a study, intake of kiwifruit was found to have a protective effect on children with wheezing and asthma.
The vitamins C and E in kiwis can have a complementary effect as well. In another study, fruits rich in these two nutrients were found to enhance lung functioning in children.
Kiwis are potent in improving respiratory ailments like asthma. If you want to avail of their benefits, we recommend you consume them more than once or twice a week.
Kiwifruit also works wonderfully well in boosting your immunity. The fruit helps fight oxidative stress and promotes beneficial immune responses. Studies show that kiwifruit can reduce the severity and incidences of upper respiratory tract infections.
Kiwifruit enhances innate and adaptive immune functions.
2. Promote Digestion
The fiber in kiwis helps promote digestion. Fiber treats both constipation and loose stools – two common digestive issues. Kiwis also contain potassium, an important electrolyte that also helps the digestive system.
Another major contributing factor here is actinidin, an enzyme found in kiwifruit. This enzyme also aids digestion.
The actinidin in kiwis also promotes the digestion of food proteins. This attribute of kiwis further supports their role as ideal digestive aids.
3. May Aid Cancer Treatment
In a study, kiwifruit extracts showed promising potential against oral cancer cell lines. The fruits also reduced DNA oxidative damage.
The vitamin C in kiwifruit fights free radicals. An increase in free radicals dramatically increases cancer risk.
The fiber in kiwifruit also helps fight cancer – more specifically, cancers of the digestive system.
Other critical groups of compounds in kiwis include sulforaphane, isocyanate, and indoles. These are known to inhibit the action of carcinogens.
4. Promote Heart Health
Kiwifruit is rich in potassium, a nutrient essential for heart health. Studies show that this nutrient alone can have a dramatically protective effect against heart disease. In a study, individuals consuming 4,069 milligrams of potassium a day had a 49 percent lower risk of death by heart disease.
Kiwifruit intake also helps lower blood pressure levels. Intake of two to three kiwifruits per day may lower platelet hyperactivity and levels of plasma lipids – two factors that can cause cardiovascular issues.
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