Health Benefits of Kiwifruit

Did you know that the kiwi is considered as one of the world’s most nutritious fruits? Among fruits, it contains the highest in folate and vitamin K. It is also teeming with other essential nutrients that help fight off diseases and help the body stay in the pink of health.

1.       Wards off asthma (Vitamin C)
Some studies suggest that lack of vitamin C (or other antioxidants) in the body may increase the risk of developing asthma. Being one of the highest sources of vitamin C among fruits, munching on kiwi is an excellent way to put a check on this inflammation.

2.       Strengthens bones (Vitamin K)
One cup of kiwi can supply 89% of the daily value of vitamin K, one of the nutrients which studies show plays a role in bone metabolism. Vitamin K deficiency is also linked to low bone density and increased risk of osteoporotic fracture.

3.       The solution to constipation (Fiber)
Problem with bowel elimination? The kiwi’s high fiber content naturally and easily solves it.

4.       Combats hypertension (Potassium)
Keep your blood pressure within normal range by adding kiwi in salads or smoothies.

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5.       Reduces wrinkles (Vitamin E)
Eating a variety of fruits can be very good for the skin. The kiwi’s rich vitamin E content helps protect against wrinkles and improve the skin’s texture.

6.       Helps the body make melanin (Copper)
The color of your hair, skin and eyes depends on melanin. This substance is produced from the essential amino acid L-phenylalanine by an enzyme system dependent on copper. Kiwi can provide about 12% of the daily value of copper.

7.       Guards against anemia (Folate)
Pernicious anemia is a kind of anemia with larger than normal red blood cells which can be caused by various disorders including vitamin B12 and folate deficiency. Kiwi is rich in folate.

8.       Regulates blood sugar levels (Manganese)
Poor glucose tolerance may mean a lack of the mineral manganese in the body. Eating kiwi can deliver a good amount of manganese.

9.       Prevents muscle soreness (Magnesium)
Muscle tension, muscle soreness, muscle spasm, muscle cramps, and muscle fatigue. If you are having any of these, you’re body may be calling for magnesium. Having a kiwi may be your answer to that call. Kiwi can provide a good amount of the macromineral magnesium which plays an important role in relaxing your nerves and muscles.

10.    Aids in normal blood clotting (Calcium)
When you are wounded and the blood flow is stopped, you should thank calcium (along with vitamin K and the protein called fibrinogen). Although calcium is best known for its role in bone building, it also plays an important role in blood clotting. Kiwi is one of the few fruits which contain calcium.

Nutrient data source: USDA

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