Research suggests that kiwi fruits contain actinidin, a natural enzyme that helps the digestive system by enabling it to digest proteins, particularly those present in meat and dairy products. Actinidin behaves the same way as the natural digestive enzyme, pepsin, produced in the stomach.
According to Healthline*, the benefits of kiwis are:
Kiwis have plenty of fiber, which is good for digestion. They also contain a proteolytic enzyme called actinidin that can help break down protein. One study found that kiwi extract containing actinidin greatly enhanced the digestion of most proteins.
Kiwis are nutrient-dense and full of vitamin C. In fact, just 1 cup of kiwi provides about 273% of your daily recommended value. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient when it comes to boosting the immune system. One study even found that kiwis may support immune function and reduce the likelihood of developing cold or flu like illnesses. This is especially true in at risk groups like adults over the age of 65 and young children.
Reduced Risk of Other Health Conditions
Partially thanks to its antioxidants, according to an older study, regular consumption of kiwi or kiwi extract reduces the likelihood of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can result in damage to our DNA. This can lead to health problems.
Lower Blood Pressure
A 2014 study found evidence that the bioactive substances in three kiwis a day can lower blood pressure more than one apple a day. Long term, this may also mean a lowered risk for conditions that can be caused by high blood pressure, like strokes or heart attacks.
Reduced Blood Clotting
Kiwis can actually reduce blood clotting. A study from the University of Oslo found that eating two to three kiwis a day significantly lowered the risk of blood clotting. They were also found to reduce the amount of fat in blood. Researchers said that these effects were similar to those of a daily dose of aspirin to improve heart health."
Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. Kiwifruit: our daily prescription for health. Available at: https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjpp-2012-0303#.WEW-VKOZORv
Healthline. Kiwi. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/7-best-things-about-kiwi
Science Direct. Actinidin. Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/actinidin
* Healthline content has been edited for brevity. For the full description, including sources, please visit: What Is Asafoetida? Benefits, Side Effects, and Uses on Healthline.com.
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