Kiwi Is a Superfood
Kiwi fruit has more Vitamin C than any other fruit - it contains almost twice as much as oranges and more fiber than apples. It is also high in potassium and Vitamin E. Kiwi is also an excellent source of the phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin, found in the human eye. Studies indicate that diets rich in lutein protect against eye diseases like cataracts.
Kiwi fruit provides a good boost to the immune system, and is a good aid to digestion. The fiber content of kiwi fruit and type of fiber that it contains makes it an excellent but extremely gentle laxative. It also contains a digestive enzyme called actinidin, similar in action to the papain in papaya. It helps in the breakdown of animal protein and makes a good marinade to tenderize meat before cooking.
Kiwi fruit have a high potassium content and a fairly low sodium content, which is good for heart health. Potassium deficiency and sodium excesses are a major cause of high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease. A lack of potassium can also cause muscle cramps, and is a major factor in insomnia and depression.
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