Video: The Benefits Of Kiwi For The Body
Kiwi is the fruit of the Chinese Actinidia herbaceous vine. Initially, the berries (from the point of view of biology, kiwi is exactly a berry) of actinidia were small and sour. At the beginning of the 20th century, a gardener brought kiwi from China to New Zealand and thoroughly engaged in breeding. It took about 30 years to transform the unsightly sour berries into what we now call kiwi. The berry owes its name to its resemblance to the symbol of New Zealand - the kiwi bird. The vitamin composition of the berry is no less interesting than the history of its origin. Why kiwi should be added to the diet (at least for the season), we tell in our material.
Kiwi pulp contains the enzyme actinidin. It is essential for breaking down proteins and making food easier to digest. In addition to actinidin, fruit acids help digestion, which the fruit is also rich in. This is especially important when there is insufficient production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. In Chinese medicine, kiwi has been used for centuries to help normalize the digestive tract and reduce the risk of kidney stones.
Kiwi is one of the record holders in terms of vitamin C content - there are 4 daily allowances per 100 g of berries. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. It protects cells from free radical damage, prevents the development of inflammation, slows down aging and significantly improves skin condition, giving it an even color and radiance. Another important benefit of vitamin C is that it stimulates the body's own collagen production and improves its absorption if you take protein in the form of dietary supplements.
The bright fruit helps to strengthen the immune system (thanks to all the same vitamin C and fruit acids). Regular consumption of the fruit stimulates the production of immunoglobulin, protecting your body from viruses and disease-causing bacteria.
Kiwi is rich in vitamin K, potassium and natural blood-thinning components - these substances reduce the risk of blood clots, strengthen the heart muscle, increase the elasticity of the vessel walls and prevent their calcification.
And finally, kiwi is a dietary product. It is low in sugar and low in calories, so nutritionists especially recommend including it in the diet of anyone looking for weight. Add kiwi to cereals, yoghurts, and salads, or eat it yourself as a snack or dessert.
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