Kiwi a day
I am not about advocating superfoods. There are many foods out there you can access easily everyday that are healthy; broccoli, cauliflower, beetroot, carrots, apples, onion and garlic…. the list goes on. I have recently been coming across quite a lot of nutritional research about the kiwi, many of it is backed up by Zespri, the people that supply kiwi’s to many of the shops, bare that in mind. However some of the evidence shows that it contains many health supporting nutrients, a kiwi a day may keep the doctor away.
One study showed that kiwi’s may aid protein digestion. It contains natural enzyme called actinidin, only present in the kiwi. Low protein digestion may lead to: nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, poor muscle tone, digestive problems, mood changes as well as poor condition of hair and nails.
As a prebiotic, the food that feeds good bacteria in the gut it has also been found to promote a healthy gut flora.
It is rich in vitamin C and another study found it may help reduce the symptoms of colds and flu.
It is an excellent source of fibre. Fibre helps with digestion and heart health as it may contribute to lowering cholesterol.
It helps with restoring electrolyte balance as it is high in potassium – great for sports people.
Rich in antioxidants. It contains:
Lutein which is useful for eye health.
Zinc – needed for men as it helps produce testosterone, it also needed for the making of neurotransmitter serotonin and keeps hair and nails healthy.
Vitamin E a powerful antioxidant helping to reduce damage inside the body.
Rich in magnesium – contains 30mg per kiwi and good source of folate.
Add to breakfasts, put on top of oatcakes with nut butter, eat as a pre-dinner dessert to get the digestive enzyme benefits or add to a smoothie.