The kiwifruit, native to northern China, was first brought to and cultivated in New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century and was then known as the Chinese Gooseberry. People are attracted to kiwi because of its brilliant green colour and exotic taste. But, the real uniqueness of kiwi comes from its health benefits.
Helps Your Digestion with Enzymes – Raw kiwi contains actinidain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that can help digest a meal much like the papain in papaya or bromelain in pineapple.
Helps Manage Blood Pressure – Kiwi’s high level of potassium helps keep our electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium.
Protects from DNA Damage – It helps protect the cell DNA from oxidative damage. Some experts conclude this can help prevent cancer.
Boosts Your Immunity – Kiwi’s high vitamin C content along with other antioxidant compounds has been proven to boost the immune system.
Smart Carb for Weight Loss – Kiwi’s low glycemic index and high fiber content means it will not create a strong insulin rush like other fruit with high sugar contents, so the body will not respond by storing fat.
Improves Digestive Health – Kiwis are a great source of fiber. This prevents constipation and other intestinal problems.
Helps Clean Out Toxins – The fuzzy fiber of kiwi helps bind and move toxins from your intestinal tract.
Helps Fight Heart Disease – Eating 2-3 kiwis a day has been shown to reduce the potential of blood clotting by 18 percent and reduce triglycerides by 15 percent.
Suitable For Diabetics – Kiwi is in the ‘low’ category for glycemic index, meaning it does not raise your blood sugar quickly. It has a glycemic load of 4 which means it is safe for diabetics.
Protects Against Macular Degeneration and Other Eye Problems – Eating 3 or more serving of fruit per day decreased macular degeneration by 36 percent. This is thought to be associated with the kiwi’s high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin—both of which are natural chemicals found in the human eye.
Create Alkaline Balance – Kiwi is in the ‘most alkaline’ category for fruits, meaning it has a rich supply of minerals to replace the excess of acidic foods most individuals consume.
Great for the Skin – Kiwis are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from degeneration.
Exotic Taste and Look for Food Variety – Kiwis look and taste great. Kids often love them because they are so different from most fruits.
Naturally Organic – Kiwi fruit is on the list of foods that are generally safe from a lot of pesticide residues.
For 2016 it came in with the top 10 safest foods. While it is always good to support organic when you can as a matter of principle, it’s also good to know whether there is a big danger if organic is not available or viable for you.
Great for the Hair – Kiwifruit is rich in iron which helps in nourishing the hair. It promotes proper blood circulation in the scalp and thus it strengthens the hair from their roots.
Prevents Asthma – Kiwi fruit can reduce the chances of getting asthma.