Kiwi fruit is one of the strangest looking things that have become rather common to eat. I am young enough still to remember when kiwi fruit was odd, unusual, bizarre and downright weird. Certainly, you never saw it at a salad bar and even less on the table of a friend with whom you were eating a meal. Today, of course, in some places you can get away from the weird little fuzzy on the outside and seedy on the inside treat. Perhaps, just possibly, because kiwi fruit offers some hardy nutritional help to those of all stripes on the wellness zebra.
Kiwi fruit contains a little carotenoid called lutein. As they age, many people are confronted with macular degeneration which causes their vision to deteriorate potentially to the point of blindness. Lutein in its natural form is thought to be far superior to supplemental form in helping to stem the encroaching tide of this degeneration. Kiwi fruit may also be a good idea to add to your menu for its possibility to use lutein to lower your chances of developing colon cancer. The jury remains out on whether lutein can actually retard the onset of colon cancer, but studies have indicated some kind of correlation between heightened lutein levels and a lower risk for developing colon cancer.
Kiwi fruit is a part of that rare breed of green fruits. While it is not orange, kiwi still delivers the goods when it comes to vitamin C, but it is precisely due to its green pigment that it also delivers goods when it comes to chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid is even found in green coffee beans, but the important thing here is that it is found in kiwi fruit. The benefits of chlorogenic acid range from antioxidant protection against cancer-causing free radicals to the potential for an impact on the metabolic system that allows chlorogenic acid to aid in the struggle against obesity.
You don’t often think about copper when you are thinking about eating foods like kiwi fruit. Potassium, calcium, magnesium and even manganese, maybe, but copper is not generally speaking one of the metals we often look for on those occasions when we read the nutrition label. A cup of raw, peeled kiwi provides you with 12% of the copper you should be getting each day, but what good is all the copper to your health? For one thing, copper is not naturally produced by the body, so finding a delicious bit of fruit that can get you 12% of you RDA is by itself a pretty big deal. Once the copper has entered your system, as long as you are not getting too much, it acts as natural stimulant for brain activity. Eat some kiwi fruit and find enough copper elsewhere and you could actually boost your IQ a little bit. Copper also has anti-inflammatory properties which means if you eat kiwi fruit you may just cut down on the pain of arthritis.