Home Food Health Benefits – Kiwi Fruit (Chinese Goose Berry)
Health Benefits – Kiwi Fruit (Chinese Goose Berry)

Health Benefits – Kiwi Fruit (Chinese Goose Berry)

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KIWIFRUIT

IT IS ALSO KNOWN AS  CHINESE GOOSE BERRY. IT IS AN EDIBLE BERRY WHICH BELONGS TO GENUS ACTINIDIA. THIS FRUIT HAS A FIBROUS , DULL GREENISH – BROWN SKIN  AND BRIGHT GREEN  OR GOLDEN FLESH  WITH ROWS OF  TINY BLACK EDIBLE  SEEDS. THIS  FRUIT  HAS  A SWEET  AND  SOFT  TEXTURE  BUT ALSO HAS AN UNIQUE  FLAVOR .

IT   IS  A COMMERCIAL  CROP GROWN  IN  ITALY, NEW ZEALAND, CHILE, GREECE  AND FRANCE .

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VARIETIES OF KIWIFRUIT :

1)     FUZZY KIWIFRUIT.

2)     GOLDEN KIWIFRUIT

3)     CHINESE EGG GOOSEBERRY

4)     BABY KIWIFRUIT

5)     ARCTIC KIWIFRUIT

6)     RED KIWIFRUIT

7)     SILVER VINE

8)     PURPLE  KIWIFRUIT

NUTRITIONAL FACTS  OF KIWIFRUIT :

KIWIFRUIT    PROVIDES  46 cal,   0.3 g FAT, 1 gm PROTEIN ,   11 gm CARBOHYDRATES , 2.6 gm  DIETARY  FIBER  FOUND   IN   EDIBLE  SKIN. KIWIFRUIT IS  A RICH  SOURCE OF  VITAMIN C  92.7 mg , VITAMIN K   AND  VITAMIN E.    KIWIFRUIT  SEED  OIL  CONTAINS

ALPHA –LINOLENICACID   AN OMEGA- 3  FATTY ACID .KIWIFRUIT  CONTAINS .

CAROTENOIDS  SUCH  AS  pro vitamin A B- carotene  ,lutein and  zeaxanthin .

KIWIFRUIT CAN BE EATEN RAW , MADE INTO JUICES , USED IN BAKED FOOD ITEMS  OR USED AS GARNISH. RAW  KIWIFRUIT  CONTAINS  actinidain  which Is   commercially  used as meat tenderizer.

ALLERGIES :

              The  actinidin found in kiwifruit causes allergy symptoms like itching, soreness of mouth, wheezing  and anaphylaxis.

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HEALTHY  BENEFITS OF KIWIFRUIT :

THIS   IS  AN  AMAZING  POWER  FOOD WHICH  ATTRACTS   PEOPLE  FOR  ITS  BRILLIANT  COLOUR   AND   EXOTIC  TASTE. THIS  NATURALLY ORGANIC  FUZZY FRUIT IS SAFE  FROM PESTICIDE RESIDUES.KIWI FRUIT  HAS PHYTONUTRIENTS  WHICH PROTECTS DNA  IN THE NUCLEUS OF HUMAN CELLS FROM OXIDATIVE DAMAGE. FLAVONOIDS  AND CAROTENOIDS  HAVE ANTIOXIDANT  ACTIVITY . KIWI FRUIT CONTAINS ANTIOXIDANTS LIKE QUERCETIN , LUTEIN AND ACTINIDIN.

1)  HELPS    DIGESTION   WITH  ENZYMES  –  RAW KIWIFRUIT  CONTAINS  A PLANT COMPOUND ,ACTINIDAIN , A  PROTEIN   DISSOLVING  ENZYME  HELPS  TO   DIGEST A MEAL. IT IS USED TO TENDERIZE  MEAT  .

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2)  KIWIFRUIT  HELP  MANAGE  BLOOD PRESSURE  DUE TO ITS HIGH  CONCENTRATION OF POTASSIUM  ,  IT KEEPS  OUR  ELECTROLYTES  IN  BALANCE  AND  NEGATES  EFFECT OF  SODIUM.

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3)  PROTECTS  FROM  DNA  DAMAGE  KIWIFRUIT HAS  EMERGED  AS   A  RICH  SOURCE  OF VITAMIN C . THE   ANTIOXIDANTS  IN   THIS  EXOTIC  FRUIT  PROTECTS   CELL DNA  FROM   OXIDATIVE  DAMAGE   AND  THUS  HELPS  IN  PREVENTING  CANCER.

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4)  BOOSTS  IMMUNITY  – VITAMIN C  IS  A  POWERFUL  ANTIOXIDANT  WHICH  SCAVENGES  THE  FREE  RADICALS  AND  INCREASES   IMMUNITY OF BODY  AGAINST  HARMFUL  ORGANISMS.

5) WEIGHT LOSS  – DUE  TO  INCREASED  FIBER CONTENT  AND   DECREASE   IN GLYCEMIC INDEX , KIWI  FRUIT  DOES NOT CREATE  INSULIN RUSH  AND THE  BODY  DOES  NOT   RESPOND  BY  STORING  FAT   .IT KEEPS ONE  FULL FOR  LONGER PERIOD .SO , IT IS  USUALLY   RECOMMENDED  FOR  DIABETES  PATIENTS .

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6) PROTECTS  AGAINST  ASTHMA KIWI FRUIT  PROTECTS  AGAINST RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS  ASSOCIATED  WITH  ASTHMA  SUCH  AS WHEEZING.THOSE  WHO  CONSUME  VITAMIN C ENRICHED  FOODS  SUCH  AS KIWI FRUIT , ORANGE , HAVE  LESS CHANCE  OF  DEVELOPMENT  OF  SHORTNESS OF  BREATH , SEVERE  WHEEZE , NIGHT TIME COUGH , RUNNING NOSE  AND  CHRONIC  COUGH.

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7) PROTECTS  AGAINST  MACULAR  DEGENERATION –  MACULAR  DEGENERATION  IS THE  LEADING  CAUSE   OF VISION  LOSS  IN ADULTS  .THREE  OR  MORE  SERVINGS  OF  KIWI FRUIT   PER  DAY  REDUCES  MACULAR  DEGENERATION . THIS  EXOTIC FRUIT  CONTAINS HIGH CONCENTRATION OF  LUTEIN  AND ZEAXANTHIN .THEY  PREVENT  AGE  RELATED  BLINDNESS , CATARACT AND GLAUCOMA  AND  PROTECTS   EYES  FROM  FREE  RADICAL  DAMAGE .

8) IMPROVES  DIGESTION – KIWI FRUIT  IS  A GOOD  SOURCE OF  DIETARY FIBER  .FIBER  IS GOOD  FOR BINDING  REMOVES  TOXINS  FROM  COLON  AND  HELPS IN PREVENTING  COLON CANCER  AND  PROTECTS  FROM  INFECTION. INCREASED  FIBER  CONTENT  PREVENTS  FROM  CONSTIPATION  AND  OTHER  INTESTINAL  PROBLEMS.

9) BEAUTIFUL  SKIN-  THIS  FUZZY  FRUIT  KEEPS  SKIN  FIRM , YOUNG , VIBRANT  AS IT  CONTAINS  INCREASED  AMOUNT  OF  VITAMIN C . VITAMIN C IS  REQUIRED  FOR PRODUCTION OF  COLLAGEN ( HEALS ABRASIONS  ,CUT , PREVENTS  SKIN  FROM BECOMING DRY AND ROUGH.

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VITAMIN E PRESENT  IN KIWI FRUIT  KEEPS THE  SKIN MOISTURIZED .REGULAR  INTAKE OF  KIWI FRUIT  HELPS  IN REMOVING  TOXINS  AND WASTES  AS IT IS AN EXCELLENT  LAXATIVE ( HEALTHY AND  GLOWING SKIN ).THIS  FRUIT  PREVENTS  SKIN DISEASES   AS IT CONTAINS  OMEGA 3-FATTY ACIDS  .

ADVICE –SLICE OF  KIWI FRUIT  CAN BE  APPLIED  ON SKIN  FOR  GOOD  RESULTS .

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10)  BETTER  SLEEP    –KIWI FRUIT  HAS  HIGH  SEROTONIN  LEVEL .THIS  NEURO TRANSMITTER , BOOSTS MEMORY , LEARNING  MOOD  AND  REGULATES  APPETITE. IT  IMPROVES  ONSET OF  SLEEP ,DURATION  AND  EFFICIENCY  IN SLEEP DISTURBED  PATIENTS  .IT  ALSO PROMOTES  ALERTNESS  IN  MORNING .

11)  KIWI FRUIT CONTAINS  COPPER  WHICH  IS GOOD  FOR  HEALTHY  DEVELOPMENT IN  INFANTS  LIKE  BONE  GROWTH  AND  BRAIN  DEVELOPMENT .DEFICIENCY  OF COPPER  AFFECTS  HEART  HEALTH , FORMATION OF  RED BLOOD CELLS AND BUILD  IMMUNITY  AGAINST  DISEASES.

12)  KIWI FRUIT  CONTAINS  VITAMIN  B6  WHICH  IS  IMPORTANT  FOR  HEALTHY  FETUS, PREGNANT  WOMEN  AND  NURSING MOTHERS. IT  ALSO  SUPPORTS IMMUNE  SYSTEM.

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13)  HEART HEALTH – DUE TO  INCREASED  POTASSIUM  LEVEL AND INCREASED  FIBER  CONTENT , KIWI FRUIT  SUPPORTS  GOOD HEART  HEALTH.DECREASE  SODIUM CONSUMPTION AND INCREASED POTASSIUM  CAUSES  DECREASE  IN HEART STROKES  ,PROTECTS  AGAINST LOSS OF  MUSCLE  MASS, PREVENTION  OF  BONE  MINERAL  DENSITY  AND DECREASE  IN FORMATION OF  KIDNEY  STONES.

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14) DIETARY  FIBER – HEALTHY  AMOUNTS  OF  DIETARY  FIBER   PROMOTES  BULKIER  ,SOFTER  AND  MORE  FREQUENT  STOOL  PRODUCTION .  IT  PREVENTS  DIVERTICULITIS,   CARCINOMA  OF  COLON . IT ACTS  AS  MILD  LAXATIVE  EFFECT  IN  ELDERLY  PATIENTS   EXPERIENCING  CONSTIPATION.

15) KIWI FRUIT CONTAINS DIETARY FIBER , REDUCES  HIGH  CHOLESTEROL  LEVELS  WHICH  FURTHER  REDUCES   FISK  OF  HEART  DISEASE  AND HEART  ATTACK .THIS  FUZZY  FRUIT   KEEPS  THE  BLOOD   SUGAR  LEVELS   UNDER   CONTROL  AS IT IS RICH IN FIBER .

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16) IMPOTENCE – KIWI FRUIT  HAS AMINO ACID  ARGININE ( VASODILATOR )  HELPS  TO TREAT  IMPOTENCE  in males.

17) DEPRESSION – INOSITOL  PRESENT IN THIS FRUIT  FUNCTIONS  AS  A PRECURSOR  OF AN INTRACELLULAR  SECONDARY  MESSENGER  SYSTEM , HELPS  TO TREAT  DEPRESSION .

18) CANCER –  KIWI FRUIT  CONTAINS  ANTI –MUTAGENIC  COMPONENT  WHICH   PREVENTS  MUTATION OF  GENES  THAT  INITIATES  CANCER .

19) CREATES  ALKALINE  BALANCE .

20) BLOOD  THINNER  -KIWI FRUIT  REDUCES  RISK OF BLOOD  CLOTTING , REDUCES  FATS  IN  BLOOD  THAT CAN  LEAD  TO BLOCKAGES  in vessels.

HEALTHY  BENEFITS  OF  KIWI  FRUIT DURING  PREGNANCY –

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KIWI FRUIT  IS  A POWER  HOUSE  OF  VITAMINS  AND MINERALS  RICH  IN  VITAMIN B6  , VITAMIN A , VITAMIN B12 , VITAMIN E , VITAMIN K , CALCIUM , IRON(FE) , MAGNESIUM & zinc.

1) FOLIC  ACID –THIS EXOTIC  FRUIT IS AN IMPORTANT  NUTRIENT  FOR PRODUCTION OF CELLS  AND MAINTENANCE  DURING PREGNANCY .  FOLATE IS  A  MEMBER  OF VITAMIN B FAMILY  ,ENSURES PROPER  DEVELOPMENT OF  BASIC  VITAL  ORGANS  OF BABY IN WOMB . IT PREVENTS  NEURAL  BIRTH  DEFECTS  SUCH  AS  SPINA  BIFIDA , MISCARRIAGE .  WOMEN  WHO ARE PLANNING  TO HAVE BABY  MUST  INCLUDE  FOODS  RICH  IN FOLIC  ACID IN THEIR  DIET  AT LEAST  1-2  MONTHS  BEFORE  CONCEPTION .

2) DIETARY FIBER –   DURING  PREGNANCY ,  KIWI FRUIT  PROVIDES  HEALTHY  AMOUNT OF  DIETARY  FIBER , WHICH  REDUCES  CONSTIPATION   AND  HEMORRHOIDS .  REGULAR  INTAKE  OF  THIS  FUZZY  FRUIT  IS  USEFUL  TO  treat  DIGESTIVE  PROBLEMS  LIKE  GASTRITIS , NAUSEA , DISCOMFORT OF STOMACH ,DIARRHOEA,ABDOMINAL PAIN .

LAXATIVES ARE DANGEROUS  DURING PREGNANCY  AS THEY  CAUSE CRAMPING .

3) ENERGY  BOOST THIS  FRUIT  IS  AN EXCELLENT  FRUIT  FOR  BOOSTING  ENERGY  LEVELS  AND STRENGTHENS  THE  IMMUNE SYSTEM .IT SCAVENGES THE  FREE  RADICALS  AND  KEEPS  DISEASES AT BAY .

4) RESPIRATORY   SYSTEM  It lowers the risk of developing respiratory problems like wheezing, cough and useful in treating asthma in children.

5) BLOOD  THINNER – CONSUMING  KIWI FRUIT  REDUCES  RISK OF  OF  BLOOD CLOTTING . IT REDUCES  FATS  IN BLOOD  THAT CAN  LEAD TO BLOCKAGES .

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6) FLAVONOIDS   PRESENT IN KIWI FRUIT   INCREASES  THE  NUTRITIONAL  VALUE  AND  PROTECTS  THE  CELLS  FROM  HARMFUL   EFFECTS  OF  OXIDATION .

7)  KIWI FRUIT  PREVENTS ANEMIA  BY FACILITATING  ABSORPTION OF IRON .

8)  VITAMIN C  – KIWI  FRUIT  CONTAINS EXCELLENT  SOURCE  OF VITAMIN C   FOR  EXPECTING  MOTHERS .VITAMIN C  REDUCES    POST PREGNANCY  STRETCH  MARKS.

9)  NATURAL SUGARS  –  AS KIWI FRUIT  HAS  LOW  GLYCAEMIC  INDEX,  IT  DOES NOT  LEAD  TO SPIKE  IN   INSULIN   LEVEL .THIS  FRUIT  CONTAINS NATURAL  SUGARS  WHICH  PREVENTS  CRAVING  FOR  SWEETS .

10) PROMOTES  DIGESTION  –  DURING PREGNANCY  , CONSTIPATION  AND HEMORRHOIDS  ARE  QUITE  COMMON . THE  NUTRIENTS  PRESENT  IN FRUIT  FEED  PROBIOTIC BACTERIA  IN GASTROINTESTINAL  TRACT. EATING  THIS  FRUIT  PREVENTS  CONSTIPATION,  BLOATING , GASTRITIS  AND  ABDOMINAL  PAIN .

11)  STRENGTHENS  IMMUNE  SYSTEM  -AS  THIS  EXOTIC  FRUIT  IS  A

 RICH  SOURCE  OF  ANTIOXIDANTS ,IT   PROTECTS  FETUS  DNA  AND   RNA  FROM  DAMAGE . IT ALSO   PROTECTS  CELL  FROM  OXIDATIVE  STRESS .

12)  BALANCES HORMONES – KIWI  FRUIT  IS  RICH  IN  SEROTONIN  SO , IT REDUCES  DEPRESSION , TIREDNESS  , STRESS (HORMONAL  FLUCTUATIONS )  DURING  PREGNANCY.

13) IT  HELPS  IN COGNITIVE  DEVELOPMENT  OF  FETAL  BRAIN .

14 )  KIWI  FRUIT  HAS  POTASSIUM  LEVEL  MORE THAN  BANANA  , HELPS  IN STABILIZING  BLOOD PRESSURE .

15)  THIS   EXOTIC  FRUIT  HAS  HIGH  LEVELS   OF  LUTEIN  WHICH  ARE  EASILY  ABSORBED . IT  PREVENTS  LOSS OF  VISION  DURING  AGING , REDUCES  CLUMPING  OF  PLATELETS  WHICH CAUSE  ARTERY  AND  VEIN  OCCLUSION.

PRECAUTIONS

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  –   DURING   PREGNANCY ,IF  ONE  SUFFERS  FROM  HERITABLE  ALLERGY  , GASTRITIS , DIGESTIVE  PROBLEMS  ,IT IS  BETTER  TO  AVOID  KIWI FRUITS.

ADVICE –   1)  KIWI FRUIT  SHOULD  BE  CONSUMED  IN  MODERATION   AS IT  CONTAINS  FRUCTOSE  WHICH  MAY  BE  HARMFUL  IN  EXCESSIVE  AMOUNTS .THOUGH  HEALTHY , IT  MAY  BE   ALLERGIC  TO  FEW  PEOPLE  . THEY  MAY  CAUSE  MOUTH IRRITATION ,STOMACH  UPSET .

2)  PEOPLE  WITH  KIDNEY  AND  GALL BLADDER  PROBLEMS   SHOULD   AVOID  EATING  KIWI FRUIT . KIWI FRUIT  CONTAINS  OXALATE   WHICH  GETS  CONCENTRATED   IN  BODY  FLUIDS , CRYSTALLIZED  AND  CAUSE  HEALTH  ISSUES .

3  )KIWI  FRUIT  ONCE  CUT  SHOULD  BE  CONSUMED IMMEDIATELY  AND  NOT  KEPT  FOR  LONGER  PERIOD  AS   IT  CONTAINS   ACTINIC  AND  BROMIC  ACIDS  WHICH   ACTS  AS  FOOD  TENDERIZER .

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KIWI  FRUIT   HAS  EXOTIC  LOOK  WITH  UNIQUE  TASTE  , HIGH  IN NUTRIENTS  , MINERALS , VITAMINS ,ANTIOXIDANTS  , FIBER   AND  LOW  IN CALORIES .SO,  CONSUMPTION  OF   KIWI FRUIT  IS  HIGHLY  BENEFICIAL FOR  ALL  AGE  GROUPS .

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