This fuzzy, oval shaped fruit is packed with vitamin C, phytochemicals, immune boosting compounds and much more. Check out the health benefits of kiwi and let me know what you think :)
Heath Benefits of Kiwi
Actinidin is an enzyme that helps promote digestion, especially digestion of proteins.
Lutein is a carotenoid and it's important in reducing the rick for cataracts, macular degeneration, and colon cancer.
I love chlorophyll! Chlorophyll is packed with antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals that cause damage to healthy cells.
Kiwi contains both insoluble and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is important in keeping you regular. Soluble fiber like pectin is important in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugar. Regular consumption of soluble fiber can prevent heart disease and stroke.
Potassium is important in muscle contraction, cell signaling and controlling blood pressure. One kiwi has 252 mg of potassium. Potassium also helps reduce risks of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
6. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is great for boosting the body's immune system and also functions as a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C also plays a role in prevention of heart disease. One kiwi has 75 mg of vitamin C.
7. Chlorogenic Acid
Chlorogenic acid is a antioxidant that helps prevent the formation of cancerous tumors.
8. Blood Sugar Regulation
Kiwi's are low on the glycemic index so they are helpful for individuals who have diabetes. The fiber in kiwi helps to reduce the sugar spike.
Here are some fun kiwi recipes
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