Properties and benefits of kiwi, the winter fruit all of the intestine. The most loved fruit of the winter? The kiwi. Among its many benefits, we find the ability to help the intestine.
Kiwi is a fruit of Chinese origin that has been cultivated in Europe since the beginning of the twentieth century, especially in Italy, thanks to the environment and favorable temperatures that make our country the second largest producer in the world. It is a mostly winter fruit that is now found on the markets and, consequently, on our tables throughout the year.
Kiwi is composed of more than 80% water and is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and fiber. These characteristics mean that many properties and benefits are attributed to the kiwi :
-Reduces oxidative stress by helping to combat the formation of free radicals thanks to anti-oxidant vitamins (A, C and E).
-It strengthens the immune defenses due to the presence of vitamin C, which, especially in winter, is lowered due to the colder temperatures.
-Decreases the risk of cramps, ideal for sportsmen, being rich in potassium.
-It can also be taken during low-calorie diets (44kcal / 100g).
-Promotes food transit in the intestine. The high content of water and fibers helps intestinal mobility.
The kiwi pulp contains fibers that are not digested in the intestine. But reach the colon, promoting the growth of some beneficial bacteria that protect against infections. These fibers also increase the sense of satiety and improve intestinal transit. For this reason, laxative properties are attributed to kiwis that can combat constipation. And constipation, often typical of a colon that is not in perfect health.
A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the consumption of 2 kiwis a day for 4 weeks can facilitate bowel movements in people with irritable bowel syndrome. The kiwi is, therefore, an excellent ally of the intestine in the event of constipation. Having good eating habits and following a balanced diet, rich in fiber. And with just the right amount of water (2 liters a day) helps maintain good bowel regularity. But sometimes it may not be enough.
When the diet is not enough to solve annoying discomforts such as constipation and intestinal irregularity, it is advisable to take food supplements with live milk enzymes that help maintain eubiosis (a healthy intestinal bacterial flora ), necessary for well-being.
-Kiwi, pineapple, and ginger
-2 Kiwi, 2 slices of Pineapple (also fruit rich in water and fiber), a slice of 1 cm or more of ginger (variable in quantity according to taste)
-Kiwi, pear, spinach, and mint
-2 Kiwi, ½ pear, 1 sprig of fresh spinach and mint leaves to taste
-Kiwi, cucumber, apple, the matcha
-2 Kiwi, ½ cucumber, ½ apple, a teaspoon of the matcha