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… and that they’re packed with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and other essential elements? Amazing, yes! Here are 18 ‘health, skin and hair’ reasons why we’re loving kiwis {and think you will too}:

Welcome to our first #LoveKiwis post…

We’ve always loved Kiwis, but after researching about them for this new series of posts, we love them even more! Read on and you’ll see why we’ve got ‘a lotta love’ for this super-cute, superfruit…

kiwis & your health

1. Kiwis improve digestion: Kiwis are a very good source of dietary fibre which improves digestive health and binds and removes toxins from the colon. They also prevents constipation and other gastrointestinal issues as they contain Actinidain, a protein dissolving enzyme which aids digestion.
2. Kiwis improves immune function: The high content of vitamin C along with several other antioxidant compounds in kiwi fruit has proven to be effective in improving the immune system. They also contains vitamin E which can strengthen the immune system and lower cholesterol. Eating kiwis is also a great way to ward off the effects of inflammation, stress and attack by bacteria and viruses.
3. Kiwis manage help blood pressure: The high level of potassium in kiwis plays an important role in body cells by maintaining the balance of body fluids and electrolytes. It controls heart rate and blood pressure by countering the effects of sodium.
4. Kiwis help cardiovascular health: Kiwifruit is as effective as aspirin for heart health minus the side effects like inflammation and bleeding in the intestinal tract. A study conducted at the University of Oslo in Norway observed that people who ate 2 to 3 kiwis in a day for 28 days reduced their blood clotting by 18% and triglycerides by 15%. Regularly eating kiwi fruit also prevents the build-up of plaques and deposits in the arterial walls, helping protect against cardiovascular diseases.
5. Kiwis have anti-cancer properties: The flavonoids and carotenoids in kiwi have antioxidant effects. These phytochemicals protect your DNA from damage by free radicals and oxidative stress, and by doing this, they inhibit and prevent the growth of cancer cells.
6. Kiwis are beneficial in diabetes: Kiwis have a low glycemic index which means that they don’t not raise blood sugar quickly. The glycemic load of 4 in kiwis so they’re safe for diabetics.
7. Kiwis help eye health: Kiwis help in increasing the rate of vision because they contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, the natural chemicals found in the human eye. {Lutein prevents age related macular degeneration and the development of glaucoma and cataracts by filtering out the damaging blue light. Zeaxanthin also works hand in hand with lutein and contributes to eye health.} A study has proved that eating three or more servings of kiwi fruit can decrease macular degeneration by 36% which is primarily responsible for vision loss in older adults.
8. Kiwi’s help maintains alkaline balance: Kiwis are of the most alkaline fruits which means they have a rich supply of minerals that can replace the excess of acidic foods. They help to maintain the acid/alkaline balance in your body which results in deeper sleep, more physical energy, fewer cold symptoms, and reduced arthritis and osteoporosis.
9. Kiwis help with weight loss: The low glycemic index and high fibre content of kiwis prevent a strong insulin rush unlike other fruits with high sugar content. This prevents the storage of fat, making them perfect to eat if you want to lose a few kilos.
10. Kiwi’s are beneficial in pregnancy: Kiwis are a rich source of folic acid which is vital for a healthy pregnancy and baby, and prevention of birth defects. The amount of folate contained in kiwi is equal to that of four peaches.

kiwis & your skin

11. Kiwis have anti-ageing benefits: The rich variety of antioxidants in kiwis can help delay the effects of ageing. These antioxidants can neutralize the free radicals that damage the cells and accelerate the process of degeneration resulting in changes in skin thickness, elasticity and firmness. Kiwi fruit oil and the oil extracted from its seeds are used in several anti-ageing products. The amazing combination of vitamin C, E, lycopene and other substances,help  fight free radicals and prevent the premature ageing of skin.
12. Kiwis help maintains skin firmness: Kiwis have a high content of water soluble vitamin C which is involved in collagen formation. Collagen is a connective protein that keeps your skin firm. Kiwi extract is a collagen stimulating ingredient which is added to several skincare products to slow down the ageing process and minimise signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines and spots.
13. Kiwis help soften the skin: Kiwis have more vitamin C than oranges and vitamin C not only helps your skin’s firmness but also helps repair it. Vitamin C also help facilitate the quick healing of cuts and abrasions and prevents rough and dry skin.
14. Kiwis help with UV protection: Kiwis are a good source of vitamin E which prevents skin degeneration. and has been shown to prevent UV induced skin cancer. Eating kiwis is a great way of increasing your intake of vitamin E.
15. Kiwis are a great skin cleanser: Kiwis make great cleansers as they contain an enzyme called actinidin which helps to dissolve protein based dead skin cells and dirt on the skin. {Stay tuned for kiwi beauty recipes!}

kiwis & your hair

16. Kiwis help prevents hair loss: As you know by now, kiwis are a rich source of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. This vitamin plays an important role in creating collagen which circumvents the hair from splitting and breaking. By protecting the body from free radical damage, coolagen helps prevent stress and imbalances that often lead to hair loss.
17. Kiwis stimulate hair growth: The vitamin C in kiwi fruit can stimulate hair growth by maintaining the the microcirculation that supplies blood to your hair follicles. Kiwis also contain vitamin E which improves hair growth, supports circulatory health and empowers oxygen uptake.
18. Kiwis help treatment hair problems: Kiwi fruit extract and oil are rich in several vitamins and nutrients that help in maintaining hair health. Their topical application can treat hair problems like dandruff, and rough and dry hair.
+ Kiwis are delicious {and kids love them!}
Visit www.lovekiwis.com for more info
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& stay tuned, we have so much more Love Kiwis,
tips & recipes coming up!

This post was done in collaboration with Love Kiwis.
{*bellaMUMMA only collaborates with brands and products she would recommend to her friends!}


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