The Health Benefits of Kiwi's
Also known as Chinese gooseberry, kiwi fruits are the berries produced from the woody vines of a plant of the genius Actinidia. A commercial crop in countries like Italy, New Zealand, Greece and Chile, kiwi was originally native to China.
What are the health benefits of Kiwi's?
Kiwifruits may be small, but they’re a nutrient-dense food packed with vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients.
While everyone thinks of oranges as being packed with vitamin C, just one cup of raw kiwi provides around 270 percent of your daily recommended amount, making it the perfect fruit for brightening your complexion from the inside out. There have even been a few studies showing a connection between the high amount of vitamin C in kiwis and an improvement in respiratory issues like asthma.
Kiwis also provide more lutein per serving than almost any other commonly-eaten fruit. Lutein is a phytochemical that not only protects skin, but is extremely beneficial for eye health.
Vitamin K, which is also prevalent in kiwifruit, is great for maintaining healthy bones.
Like lemons, kiwis are antibacterial and anti-fungal, which is why many people use them in homemade face mask recipes. Additional servings of vitamin A and vitamin E also help to benefit the skin.
Smoothie recipe with Kiwi
- 1 pear - chopped
- 2 kiwis - peeled
- 1 zucchini - chopped
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 3 tbsp cashews
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice