Amazing Health Benefits Of Kiwi Fruit
The kiwifruit seems enticing because of its vibrant green colour and distinct flavour. Adding them to fruit salads raises the visual appeal of the salad. But do you know that kiwi fruit has a lot of health benefits to offer? Well, check them out!
Kiwi Helps in digestion
Raw kiwi has a protein dissolving enzyme called actinidain that helps in digesting a meal. It is quite similar to the enzymes found in papaya (papain) and pineapple (bromelain). Being a good source of fibre, it prevents constipation and other problems of the intestine. The fibre helps in binding toxins and moving them out of the intestinal tract.
It helps control blood pressure
Kiwi has a high amount of potassium in it which helps in keeping electrolyte balance in the body by neutralizing the effects of sodium.
It protects from cell DNA damage
The kiwi fruit has a unique combination of antioxidants that helps in protecting the cell’s DNA from free radical damage. Certain studies conclude that this can help fight cancer too.
It helps in boosting immunity
Kiwis have a high content of vitamin C along with other antioxidants. Due to this it is known to boost immunity.
It is a smart carb and good for weight loss
Kiwi has a low glycemic index (raises blood sugar slowly) and a high fibre content. This is a great combination as it doesn’t create an insulin rush like other fruits that have high sugar content. When there is no insulin rush there won’t be any fat storing response by the body too.
It helps in fighting heart disease
If you eat 1 to 3 kiwis a day, you can reduce blood clotting by as much as 18% and triglycerides by 15%. To reduce blood clotting, some people take aspirin but this has a lot of side effects that include intestinal bleeding and inflammation. Eating kiwi can provide you with the anti-clotting benefits and that too without any side effects. You will only be improving your health by eating it!
It is good for diabetics
Kiwi is low in GI, meaning that it doesn’t raise blood sugar quickly. At a GI of 4, it is quite safe for diabetics. So, this can be included in the fruit platter of people with diabetes.
Kiwi protects from eye problems
Macular degeneration is a serious vision problem. A study concluded that by eating more than 3 servings of fruit in a day decreased the risk of macular degeneration by 36%. This is because kiwi has a high content of lutein and zeaxanthin which are natural chemicals present in the eye.
It creates an alkaline balance
Kiwi falls in the category of the most alkaline fruits. This means that it has a supply of minerals that replace excess of acidic foods that are consumed by most people. The benefits of an acid/alkaline balanced body are:
- Youthful skin
- Deep sleep
- Lots of physical energy
- Less chances of colds, arthritis and osteoporosis.
It is good for the skin
Kiwis are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E, being an antioxidant, protects the skin from degeneration.
It is free of pesticide residues
Kiwi fruit is one among the top 10 safest foods as it is generally free of pesticide residues. Isn’t that great? Ingesting chemical pesticides is by no way good. We all should opt for organic produce to stay fit and fine.
Are you going to include kiwi fruit in your diet?
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