Health Benefits of Hardy Kiwi

Health Benefits of Hardy Kiwi by Deana Steele RHN

Hardy Kiwi

Kiwis are highly praised for their many health benefits and are often referred to as one of the healthiest foods that can be eaten. They are high in vitamins C, E, K, folate, carotenoids, potassium, fiber, and phytochemicals. Studies suggest that kiwi may increase HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and decrease triglyceride levels as well as inhibit the formation of blood clots and hypertension.

Lower Cell Death Rate and Absorb Iron Better

Kiwis are considered to be naturally protective due to their high vitamin and phytochemical count. In one study, kiwi fruit had the ability to protect cells from dying after being exposed to hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, kiwi may also be able to protect us from oxidative stress that occurs from our daily lives, poor diet, and lack of sleep.

When eaten with foods that are high in iron, kiwi helps increase iron absorption due to the high levels of vitamin C it contains. This is especially important for individuals who may suffer from anemia or low iron.

Improve Regularity and Lessen Severity of Colds

The high fiber content in kiwis helps promote regularity and digestive health. Kiwis may help alleviate the abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation in persons who suffer from IBD. A 2010 study showed that eating two kiwifruit per day improved colon transit time, increased defecation frequency, and improved bowel function in persons with IBD. Kiwi may also reduce the length and severity of the common cold, especially in individuals that are at a higher risk, such as children and older adults. 

Sleep Easier with the Humble Kiwi Fruit

Kiwis have also been shown to aid in sleep, including the onset of sleep, duration, and quality. A 2011 study revealed that the antioxidants and serotonin found in kiwi may be beneficial in the treatment of sleep disorders. The study showed that after 4 weeks of kiwi consumption, participants experienced a decreased waking time after sleep onset and sleep onset latency by up to 42 percent. Total sleep time and efficiency was increased by up to 15 percent.

Two Kiwi Fruits a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

Two may be the magical number when it comes to eating kiwi. A 2009 study showed that eating two kiwis per day for 8 week increased HDL (remember this is your good cholesterol!), vitamin C and vitamin E concentration. Furthermore, LDL cholesterol (not so good cholesterol levels) was decreased and the lag time of LDL oxidation had significantly changed at the 4 and 8 week mark, indicating that regular consumption of kiwifruit has beneficial effects on antioxidative status as well as the risk factor for developing cardiovascular diseases in hyperlipidemic persons, which in short means those with an excess amount of fat or fatty substances in the blood.

 

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Deana Steele, RHN  Digestion Specialist

Deana Steele is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Digestion Specialist trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She believes that optimum health begins with a properly functioning digestive system. Her philosophy is to empower her clients with the knowledge to improve their overall health through optimum digestive function, lifestyle and superior nutrition. Find more great digestive support at www.deanasteele.com


This information is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner prior to making any changes.
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