Kiwi also referred to as Chinese gooseberry, is a delicious fruit, with a unique taste, look, and color. But these are not its only attributes. Kiwi is rich in numerous nutrients, such as a broad range of vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants. All these make this fruit an excellent ally when you try to improve your overall health, but also a great alternative for natural beauty masks or cosmetic treatments.
Only 100g of kiwi has 160mg of vitamin C. If you want to take this amount of vitamin C from an orange, you need 200g of fruit. Therefore, you can get double quantities of this nutrient from kiwi. This vitamin is essential for a good mood, and it boosts your energy level. Not to mention that it is necessary for proper calcium absorption and it prevents urinary tracts infections.
Kiwi also contains considerable amounts of vitamin K, which is vital for preventing hemorrhages. This nutrient also plays a major role in bone strength and development, as well as your teeth health.
If you want to take care of your body at cellular level, you need vitamin B complex. Vitamins B1-B6 improves cellular functions and chemical exchange. They promote red blood cell growth, which prevents anemia and other diseases. These vitamins keep cell membrane moist and flexible and boost their strength. Vitamin B, also present in kiwi, is necessary for oxygen exchange and blood production.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
If you are interested in a healthy lifestyle, you surely know how important omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are for our overall health. Even though most people expect to find these nutrients in oily foods only, such as seeds or fish oil, kiwi contains these fatty acids, too.
These healthy fats protect your heart and the entire cardiovascular system, reducing the risk of several deadly conditions, such as heart attack.
Moreover, these are cancer-fighting nutrients, which should be included in your daily diet.
Their anti-inflammatory proprieties can prevent or heal numerous disorders, but they are also effective in curing various skin problems, such as acne or rashes.
How to Use It
- For its health benefits
If you want to take full advantage of this fruit and its health benefits, don’t hesitate to consume it regularly. You can eat it on its own, or in combination with other fruits. For instance, it is delicious with tropical berries, oranges, or mangoes. You can add it to your yogurt or other desserts.
Another great way to consume it is as a tasty smoothie. Start your morning in a refreshing and revitalizing manner, with a fruit smoothie, and enjoy its benefits all day long.
- For its beauty benefits
The revitalizing effect of kiwi can also be used to pamper your skin. Make it look younger and shinier with a kiwi mask (cut the fruit in slices, or blend it), which you apply on your face for about 10 minutes, and then rinse off with lukewarm water. This fruit’s high amounts of Vitamin A, C, and E, as well as hydroxyl acid, improve your skin appearance and also prevent acne.