1. Nutrition Powerhouse
Kiwi fruits are ranked at the top of the fruit nutrition density model which tells us how nutritious various types of fruits are. This means that in terms of vitamins and minerals per gram and per calorie, you’ll get the most out of the kiwi fruit compared with most fruits.
2. Rich in vitamin C
Most people would think oranges for Vitamin C when they should be thinking kiwi fruit instead. Unknown to many, the kiwi has twice as much Vitamin C as there is in an orange.
3. Loaded with goodies
Vitamin E: The kiwi fruit is great low-fat, natural source of Vitamin E which is highly unusual for a fruit.
Folic acid: The kiwi fruit provides a natural source of it. Especially for pregnant women, folic acid encourages brain and cognitive growth in unborn babies and children and can prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Potassium: The kiwi fruit has higher levels of potassium than banana and with only half the calories. This makes it beneficial for the maintenance of blood pressure and prevents heart problems.
4. Good for the eyes
Lutein is significant to the health and maintenance of the eye. Kiwi fruit contains one of the highest concentration of the lutein in fruits and can prevent ageing-related deterioration of the eyesight.
5. High in antioxidants
Naturally rich in antioxidants and unique enzymes, eating a kiwi fruit can help fight the damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.
6. High fibre content
The high content in dietary fibre found in the fruit controls sugar levels, thus countering diseases like dibetes. It also reduces cholesterol levels and lowers the probabilities of heart attacks.
7. Strengthens immune system
Research show the kiwi fruit to be very effective at beneficially adapting the immune system to daily conditions by warding off the effects of stress, inflammation and attacks from bacteria and viruses.
8. Reduces oxidative stress
Having high-fat meal with kiwi fruit reduces the oxidative stress and improves the recovery process of your cells. The folate found in the kiwi aids regeneration and repair of muscles.
9. Reduces blood clots
By eating two to three kiwi fruits a day, you can prevent cardiovascular disease which is a result of platelet aggregation. It can help to thin your blood, curbing the risk of stroke-inducing clots.
10. Aids digestion
Due to the unique combination of fibre, vitamins and nutrients in the fruit, the kiwi makes an excellent natural digestive aid. It can help alleviate water retention and that bloated feeling and may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
This story was first published on May 18, 2015 in Her World Malaysia.