Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit ~ Super Fruits

This super fruit is the most nutrient rich, of the top 26 fruits consumed in the world today.

I know I like it in my fruit salads, but I didn't know it also has the highest density of any fruit, for vitamin-C, magnesium and other nutrients important for cardiovascular health .

In fact, a recent report out of the University of Oslo, Norway suggests that eating 2-3 of these super fruits per day will improve your heart health, thin your blood, reduce clotting (Platelet aggregation) by an average of 18%, and lower your fat in the blood (triglycerides) by an average of 15%.

Among the top three, low-sodium, high-potassium fruits, this fruit, originally from China, ranks number one, having more potassium than a banana or citrus fruits, and, it's classified (USFDA) as an excellent source of vitamin-C, as well as dietary fiber.

Also by the FDA's definition, it's also a good source of vitamin-E and potassium.

Kiwi's are low in fat and contain no cholesterol.

Unlike other fruits, it has an unusually broad complement of nutrients.

Let me explain that.

You see, most fruits tend to be high in only one or two nutrients, but kiwifruit delivers 8% daily value (DV) of folic acid, 8% DV of copper, 8% DV of pantothenic acid, 6% DV of calcium and magnesium, 4% DV of iron and vitamin-B6, 2% DV of phosphorus and trace amounts of vitamin-A (beta carotene) and other vitamins and minerals.

That was a mouthful, now read this;

Cancer

Kiwi has actually been shown to contain an anti-mutagenic component, helping to prevent the mutations of genes that may initiate the cancer process.

It's thought the presence of glutathione may account for this reduction.

* You've probably heard that carcinogenic nitrates are formed during the smoking or barbecuing of foods.

Well, when those nitrates are ingested, a process called "nitrosation" can occur, in which free radicals are formed that may lead to the formation of gastric or other cancers, as well as the signs of aging.

Kiwi has been demonstrated to aid in the prevention of "nitrosation".

* In another in vitro test with cultured mammalian-cell lines, kiwi extract was found to inhibit melanoma, or skin cancer.

* The amino acid, arginine, that's present in the fruit, is being looked at by cardiologists to improve postangioplasty blood flow and actually prevent the formation (or reformation) of plaque in the arteries.

* In fact, it's ranked as having the fourth highest natural antioxidant potential next to the red fruits containing high levels of beta carotene.

* Lutein, an important phytochemical found in kiwi, has been linked to the prevention of prostate and lung cancer.

* In addition, this super fruit is now being recognized by the FDA as an excellent source of dietary fiber, studies indicate that it contains another not-yet-isolated compound that accelerates digestive transit time even faster than dietary fiber alone, which is important for colon cancer prevention.

The benefit of this laxative action is to decrease the build-up of cancer-promoting nasties.

* Kiwi is one of the few fruits that are green at maturity, and chlorophyll is responsible for the color.

And, several studies have suggested that chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll, is an inhibitor of liver carcinogenesis.

Depression

* Inositol is found in this green, super fruit.

And, recent studies have shown that Inositol, because of its function as a precursor of an intracellular second messenger system, can be beneficial in the treatment of depression.

Diabetes

* Because Inositol is a sugar alcohol naturally occurring in kiwi, it may play a positive role in regulating diabetes.

Inositol supplements may improve nerve conduction velocity in diabetic neuropathy.

* Inositol plays a role in intracellular responses to hormones and neurotransmitters.

It acts as a second messenger in cell signaling processes.

Eye Health & Macular Degeneration

* Fourteen million American adults needlessly suffer from macular degeneration.

Kiwifruit is rich in phytochemicals and especially a subcomponent, lutein.

Lutein is known to accumulate in the retina of the eye.

Recent USDA studies have linked these important compounds to the prevention of macular degeneration, the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the U.S.

* Kiwifruit contains a wealth of carotenoids (beta carotenes, luteins and xanthophylls); phenolic compounds (flavonoids and anthocyanins) and antioxidants, including vitamins C and E.

The excellent complement of antioxidants in kiwi may help prevent the oxidation of the good cholesterol (HDLs).

* Kiwifruit is particularly high in two amino acids: arginine and glutamate.

Arginine may help promote an increase in arteriolar dilation, working as a vasodilator and improving blood flow, which is important for your heart's health.

* The FDA considers kiwifruit a good source of vitamin-E, crucial for a healthy heart.

* Kiwifruit contains magnesium at 6% DV.

And, magnesium is thought to be in short supply in the diets of many affluent countries.

Poor magnesium levels are associated with heart disease, myocardial infarction and hypertension.

* Kiwifruit contains pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol.

When I read this myself, I just say "WOW!"

Hypertension

Cardiologists believe the sodium-to-potassium ratio is critical for heart health.

And, low and behold, that ratio is extremely favorable in kiwifruit.

Immunity

* Kiwi has been shown to be an immune booster, most likely due to its extremely high vitamin-C content and its combined complement of antioxidant compounds.

Impotence

* Kiwifruit contains the amino acid arginine, a well-known vasodilator that has been used to treat impotence in men.

Physical Fitness

* Kiwifruit contains a wide range of minerals (electrolytes) essential for replenishing those lost during exercise, especially in hot environments.

It's also a naturally significant source of electrolytes for a pre-workout regimen.

* In China, a kiwi-based sport drink was designed to overcome athletic training in a hot environment, where large amounts of minerals can be lost in sweat.

A 5% addition of carbohydrates to the kiwi fruit juice helped to maintain a normal glucose level during exhaustive training.

The sports drink was tested on China's elite soccer and track teams and in a more controlled experiment on amateur athletes.

The results?

The athletes were able to ride a Monark ergometer longer, hematocrit increased significantly after exercise, the drink maintained blood glucose at normal levels when training lasted more than 2.5 hours without affecting insulin levels and vitamin-C status of the athletes improved as measured by urinary output.

Best of all, athletes said it was fragrant, tasty, refreshing and thirst quenching.

It appeared to have no negative side effects.

Stress Reduction

* Kiwifruit contains a relatively high level of serotonin.

Serotonin causes a calming effect in most individuals.

Weight Control

* Calorie for calorie, kiwifruit is one of the most nutrient-rich fruits.

You get the best balance of nutrients per calorie (the most nutrients for the fewest calories) from kiwifruit, cantaloupe, papaya and lemons.

So there you have it, you're up to speed on the kiwifruit.

Now, I have to ask, "Is this fruit not worthy of "super food" status?"

Kiwi and Passion Fruit Smoothie

This is such a great drink to get your day started.

Prepare ahead of time and then in the morning when many of us are pressed for time, this quick breakfast drink is at the ready.

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

1 kiwi

approx. 10 strawberries

1 passion fruit

1 large spoonful of low fat greek yogurt

180 ml. pure apple juice

4-5 ice cubes

Optional: 2 Tbs. chopped walnuts or pecans

Preparation;

Pour juice into smoothie maker (or blender).

Chop up the strawberries and cut the kiwi in half and scoop out flesh then add both to blender.

Next, cut the passion fruit in half and scoop out the flesh and add to blender.

Finally, add the yogurt and ice-cubes then blend away for approx 45 seconds in total.

Super natural, super healthy, super fruits.

An awesome way to start the day!

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