Exotic, nutritious and particularly beneficial to the body, kiwi is the super fruit, especially in winter months. It is very juicy with a characteristic sweet and sour taste, which may discourage many people from consuming it. However, its beneficial properties will surely make you think about it twice.
Kiwi is not only beneficial to our health, but it is also low in calories, so, for all of us who care about our diet it is just perfect! You can consume it raw or as sweet dessert with yogurt, or make your own kiwi jam. All of Its nutrients are preserved in any form.
Protects against asthma and respiratory problems
Research has shown that the systematic consumption of kiwifruit in line with a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, protects children from the onset of asthmatic attacks. Specifically, studies conducted in Italy in children aged 6-7 years old have shown the benefits of kiwifruit to children’s respiratory function. Children who consumed 5 to 7 portions of citrus and kiwi a week showed less chance of asthma onset at 44%, compared to kids who consumed kiwi only once a week. The study also showed that night cough was reduced by 27%, dyspnea by 32%, runny nose by 28%, severe whoop by 41% and chronic cough by 25%. This happens due to the high vitamin C levels contained in kiwi and citrus fruit, which covers the recommended amount of vitamin c needed by the body.
Fights cardiovascular diseases
The daily consumption of kiwis acts as a shield against heart diseases. What’s more interesting is that Kiwi is more effective compared to the aspirin, which we take for the protection of the heart. This is because kiwi fruit does not cause inflammation or other side effects in the intestine. A study conducted at the University of Norway showed that daily consumption of 2 to 3 kiwis significantly reduces platelet aggregation and the possibility of blood clots in the blood by 18%.
The same positive results were found in other samples as well, showing a significant reduction in triglycerides by 15%, enhancing with this way the theory that supports the daily kiwi consumption. The body is protected from the creation of “plaques” in the walls of the arteries and hence from the heart diseases.
Protects the eyes
Kiwi is a rich source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that are highly concentrated in the central part of the eye’s retina. Lutein filters blue light and fights the accumulation of free radicals that can lead to cataract and age-related macular degeneration, which is the main cause of blindness for people over 55. Recent research has shown that daily consumption of 3 kiwis, greatly reduces the risk of developing eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration etc.
Kiwi contains large amounts of flavonoids and carotenoids, which have a rich antioxidant effect. These nutrients significantly help, protect and prevent the oxygenation of DNA. DNA protection is important as this significantly reduces the risk of developing and growing cancer cells.
Supports better digestion
Kiwi is a very good source of fiber. These fibers help to improve digestion as they regulate and remove unnecessary toxins, especially from the intestine. This function helps prevent the development of cancer in the large intestine. The action of kiwi in problems of constipation and other gastrointestinal problems is also catalytic.
It’s good for our skin
Kiwi is rich in vitamin E, a very important antioxidant that protects and gives a healthy and bright skin, preventing the occurrence of any unwanted skin disease.
It Regulates blood pressure
Kiwi is good blood pressure regulator. It is rich in electrolytes and especially in potassium. Potassium is an important element of cells and body fluids. Helps control heart rate and blood pressure, addressing the harmful effects of any large amount of sodium.
Strengthens the immune system naturally
Thanks to its high content of vitamin C, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in our body, kiwi shields the body from external “enemies”, while providing energy and well-being.
Fights against male sterility
Due to the fact that kiwi contains arginine, an amino acid with vasodilating properties, helps to better perfusion of the male genital area, fighting significantly erectile dysfunction.
Kiwi helps women cope with pregnancy
The large amount of folate acid containing in kiwis makes it particularly beneficial for pregnant women, as it helps significantly in the development of fetal blood cells in the uterus. It is therefore advisable for women during the pregnancy period to consume kiwis in order to avoid any genetic abnormalities in the embryos.