If you’re concerned about regulating blood sugar or having assistance facing stress in your life, turn to kiwis for support. Kiwis are an amazing food for diabetes, hypoglycemia, and hyper glycemia. Whether your blood sugar levels are too low or too high, eating this fruit will bring you back to your centre. Kiwis are the ultimate companion offering a high-quality glucose source to feed the neurons in your brain and alleviate your distress.
With over 40 trace minerals, kiwis are an excellent source of nourishment. Kiwis also possess powerful vitamin C that’s bonded to isothiocyanates, anthocyanins and phenolic acid compounds to inhibit viruses. Kiwis are also fantastic to help alleviate digestive disorders and discomfort and symptoms that are often related to low hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach.
|PRIMARY MICRO NUTRIENTS||Vitamin C, Potassium, Copper|
|SECONDARY MICRO NUTRIENTS||Vitamin K, Vitamin E|
Vitamin C superstar
reduce oxidative stress and cancer risk
help manage blood pressure
reduces blood clotting
protects against vision loss
|ADVICE and DANGERS|
Eating kiwi fruit is regarded as safe for most people. The main exception is for those who are allergic. Signs of a kiwi allergy include itchy throat, swollen tongue, trouble swallowing, vomiting, and hives. Your risk for allergy to kiwi increases if you’re also allergic to hazelnuts, avocados, latex, wheat, figs, or poppy seeds.
In rare cases, kiwis could slow blood clotting, increasing bleeding. This could increase the severity of bleeding disorders. If you have a bleeding disorder or are about to have surgery, avoid eating kiwis.
|Kiwifruit, raw||1 fruit (2″ dia) = 69.0g|
|Total lipid (fat)||g||0.36|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||g||10.12|
|Fiber, total dietary||g||2.1|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||90||mg||64||71.10%|
|Vitamin A, IU||5000||IU||60||1.20%|
|Lutein + zeaxanthin||84|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||1.01|
|Vitamin E (total)||15||mg||1.1||7.30%|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)||120||Âµg||27.8||23.20%|
RDA – Recommended Dietary Amount recommendations are based upon calculations for a 40 year old very active man that I have adapted from USDA’s Dietary Intake Guidelines. Using this link you can make your own calculations
Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books
USDA food database: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/
WH Foods reports on the following benefits of Kiwis
Kiwi’s Phytonutrients Protect DNA
In the world of phytonutrient research, kiwifruit has fascinated researchers for its ability to protect DNA in the nucleus of human cells from oxygen-related damage. Researchers are not yet certain which compounds in kiwi give it this protective antioxidant capacity, but they are sure that this healing property is not limited to those nutrients most commonly associated with kiwifruit, including its vitamin C or beta-carotene content. Since kiwi contains a variety of flavonoids and carotenoids that have demonstrated antioxidant activity, these phytonutrients in kiwi may be responsible for this DNA protection.
Kiwifruit Offers Premier Antioxidant Protection
Kiwifruit is an excellent source of vitamin C. This nutrient is the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body, neutralizing free radicals that can cause damage to cells and lead to problems such as inflammation and cancer. Adequate intake of vitamin C has been shown to be helpful in reducing the severity of conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma, and for preventing conditions such as colon cancer, atherosclerosis, and diabetic heart disease. And vitamin C is necessary for the healthy function of the immune system and a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Fiber—Concentrated in Kiwifruit—for Blood Sugar Control Plus Cardiovascular and Colon Health
Kiwifruit as a very good source of dietary fiber. The fiber in kiwifruit has also been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Fiber is also good for binding and removing toxins from the colon, which is helpful for preventing colon cancer. In addition, fiber-rich foods, like kiwifruit, are good for keeping the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients under control.
Kiwifruit’s Potential Protection against Macular Degeneration
Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Opthamology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.
In this study, which involved over 110,000 women and men, researchers evaluated the effect of study participants’ consumption of fruits; vegetables; the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; and carotenoids on the development of early ARMD or neovascular ARMD, a more severe form of the illness associated with vision loss. Food intake information was collected periodically for up to 18 years for women and 12 years for men. While, surprisingly, intakes of vegetables, antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids were not strongly related to incidence of either form of ARM, fruit intake was definitely protective against the severe form of this vision-destroying disease. Three servings of fruit may sound like a lot to eat each day, but kiwifruit can help you reach this goal. Slice kiwi over your morning cereal, lunch time yogurt or green salads. For a more elegant meal, decorate any fish dish or fruit salad with kiwi slices.
Kiwifruit is a Delicious Way to Enjoy Cardiovascular Health
Enjoying just a couple of kiwifruit each day may significantly lower your risk for blood clots and reduce the amount of fats (triglycerides) in your blood, therefore helping to protect cardiovascular health.
Kiwifruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, and polyphenols, and a good source of potassium, all of which may function individually or in concert to protect the blood vessels and heart. In one study, human volunteers who ate 2 to 3 kiwifruit per day for 28 days reduced their platelet aggregation response (potential for blood clot formation) by 18% compared to controls eating no kiwi. In addition, kiwi eaters’ triglycerides (blood fats) dropped by 15% compared to controls.
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