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Benefits of Kiwi And Its Side Effects

Kiwi is loaded with innumerable health benefits. The vibrant green coloured slices of the fruit is a wonder fruit. It helps in digestion, manage blood pressure, provides protection from DNA damage, boosts immunity strength, supports weight loss, improves digestive health , helps to clear out toxins, helps to battle against diseases, beneficial for diabetes patients, protects against macular degeneration, creates alkaline balance ,prevents constipation, reduction in formation of kidney stones, acts as sleep inducer, eliminates free radicals, helps in maintaining blood pressure, beneficial for pregnant woman.

Benefits of Kiwi And Its Side Effects

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Kiwi
Nutritional Value of Kiwi
Health Benefits of Kiwi
Improves heart health
Lowers blood pressure
Helps to improve digestion
Provides protection against DNA damage
Beneficial for weight loss
It helps to clear out toxins
Helps to fight heart diseases
Provides a shield against Macular degeneration
It is known to create alkaline balance
Helps to fight cancer
controlling diabetes
For bone maintenance and repair
Uses of Kiwi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Kiwi
Cultivation of Kiwi

Kiwi

Kiwi resembles a small furry egg. Though kiwi is plain in appearance but it has a brilliant emerald green colour flesh beneath its fuzzy brown surface with an exotic taste. The brilliant pale green flesh is speckled with a ring of tiny edible black seeds. It has a tangy (sweet and tart) flavour. It is a highly refreshing fruit. The most common type of kiwi in the markets is the green Hayward kiwi. Another is a golden kiwi. The gold kiwis have bronze skin and a pointed cap at one end. The flavour of green kiwi is sometimes described as a mixture of strawberry, banana and pineapple. The gold kiwi has yellow flesh which is less tart than green kiwi and has a tropical flavour.

Nutritional Value of Kiwi

Kiwis are a nutritional power house. This little fruit is an amazing powerfood. Kiwi fruit is a low calorie fruit. It has low fat content. A medium size kiwi fruit provides 42 calories and about 0.4 grams fat. It is a rich source of vitamins and dietary fiber. The Kiwifruit has a higher Vitamin C content per ounce than most other fruits. It contains Vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C , Vitamin K, Vitamin E , folates. The fruit contains copper, choline, magnesium , iron, manganese, chloride and phosphorus. It has a low to moderate glycemic index. It also contains carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene.

Health Benefits of Kiwi

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Kiwi
Health Benefits of Kiwi

Improves heart health

The potassium content in kiwis supports heart health. Increase in potassium intake with simultaneous decrease in sodium helps to reduce cardiovascular disease. Potassium is known to aid in blood thinning and clot removal process. Kiwi has a polyphenol antioxidant known as quercetin which help to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Lowers blood pressure

Due to high potassium content, kiwifruits can help to reduce high blood pressure.

Helps to improve digestion

Helps to nourish digestive system by acting as a prebiotic element. Raw kiwi has a protein dissolving enzyme known as actinidain which help in digestion as the papain in papaya.

Provides protection against DNA damage

A study conducted by Collins, Horska ,Hotten depicted that this fruit has a very unique combination of antioxidants which helps to protect the cell DNA from oxidative damage. Flavenoids and phytonutrients in this excellent fruit are responsible for DNA protection.

Beneficial for weight loss

Kiwi has a low glycemic index and high fiber content which implies that it will prevent the body to respond by storing fat.

It helps to clear out toxins

The fiber content of the fruit helps to bind and move the toxins from our intestinal tract.

Helps to fight heart diseases

Consuming kiwis assists to reduce the potential of blood clotting and also reduce triglycerides by 15 percent as it contains anti-clotting benefits.

Provides a shield against Macular degeneration

Kiwi has a high level of lutein and zeaxanthin which are natural chemicals present in human eyes. As a consequence it provides protection against eye problems. Kiwi also contains Vitamin A which is beneficial for eye health.

It is known to create alkaline balance

Kiwi is known as the most alkaline fruit which implies that it has a rich supply of minerals which are able to replace the excess of acidic foods.

Helps to fight cancer

Kiwi is a rich source of Vitamin C that benefits us by scavenging the free radicals which damage our cells and can lead to skin cancer. It also prevents colon cancer. The flesh of this fruit contains soluble fiber which promote the growth of good bacteria in colon reducing colon cancer.

controlling diabetes

The glycemic index of kiwi is extremely low which prevents instant rise in blood sugar levels. Kiwi also contains inositol, which is an enzyme that helps to keep the blood sugar level in control.

For bone maintenance and repair

this fruit is high in Vitamin K and Calcium content which are essential for bone health. They also help to reduce bone injuries and fights against osteoporosis.

Uses of Kiwi

Kiwis can be used to prepare smoothies. It can be used as toppings on pavlovas. Kiwis work wonder for skin. Face mask can be prepared using kiwi which rejuvenates skin, fights acne, prevents sun damage, have anti-aging properties, promotes fairness, lighten dark circles, smoothes wrinkles. It also fights hairloss , prevents premature greying , promotes collagen growth on scalp if used as hair pack. Serves as a colourful garnish for a variety of dishes.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Kiwi

Though kiwi is known for its unique taste and is favourite with most of the people of all age group yet it can give rise to some side effects if taken in large quantities. Many people who have consumed kiwis in large quantities have reported cross-sensitization and different types of allergies. Kiwis can also lead to swelling. Too much of kiwi consumption can cause Anaphylaxis in human. Rash, asthma, hives and local mouth irritation have also been reported. Skin disorder such as dermatitis can also develop. Overeating of this fruits can cause acute pancreatitis. It can cause vomiting, nausea, and diarrhoea. As this fruit has anti-fungal properties , when taken with other anti-fungal medicines it can lead to addictive effects. It enhances the chances of bleeding if taken with certain specific drugs. Kiwi can also lead to synergistic effect on the levels of serotonin. Kiwi might slow down blood clotting process and make bleeding disorders worse. Kiwi is safe for pregnant and breast feeding women when taken in food amounts. The appropriate dosage of kiwi depends on the feeder’s age and health conditions. Yet there is no enough scientific information for determination of appropriate range of doses of kiwi.

Cultivation of Kiwi

Kiwi (which is a berry) is a tropical fruit produced by a deciduous, woody, twinning vine reaching thirty feet or nine meters. Native to China this fruit was originally known as Yang Tao. In 1960 they were renamed as Chinese Gooseberry. They were brought to New Zealand in the early Twenteith century where it was renamed as kiwi after their national bird kiwi. It is preferably grown in sites shielded from low winter and early spring. Soil must be well drained, fertile, moist , friable loamy soil. Soil pH should range between 5.0 to 6.5. The kiwi fruit grows naturally at all altitudes between 2000 -6500 feet.

Popular Questions & Answers

I got dengue around 15 days back. I am trying to recover and my platelet count is within normal range now. Can I eat kaju and almonds now?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Sindhudurg
no. drink the kaddu juice with the 2 spoon honey. also eat daily kiwi fruit. kaju and almonds is oftenly eat to get weight but after fever should avoid hard diet.

I am suffering from low platelets about 125×10^3/ uL please suggest me some tips in my diet to overcome this.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Agra
Kiwi, pomegranate, papaya and papaya leaves, wheatgrass, lettuce and many more. Avoid packaged food as much as possible. You can contact me directly for more details, tips and diet chart! I'd happy to help you. Stay Healthy!

How can we avoid the potassium deficiency by using vegetables? What are vegetables to use for getting sufficient potassium?

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics , Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hello, Potassium deficiencies can be a rarity,only if you are malnourished or using some drugs exclusively.Bananas,kiwis,potatoes,dried nuts,coconut water are some higher potassium content sources.

Please suggest good supplement for hypokalemia. I have recently joined Gym. I am F/29.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
potassium rich foods include: Fresh fruits: bananas, cantaloupe, oranges, strawberries, kiwi, avocados, apricots. Fresh vegetables: greens, mushrooms, peas, beets, tomatoes.

Popular Health Tips

World Food Day - How To Make The Best Of What You Eat?

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, Fellowship in Sports Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
World Food Day - How To Make The Best Of What You Eat?

You will seldom come across a person who does not like to eat. Nothing can be more satisfying than binging on your favorite cuisine. Though the choice of food may differ from individuals to individuals, most of us live to eat. It is not without reason that food is considered a fuel that gets the body going, enabling us to carry on with our daily chores. While hot, spicy and fast foods are what most of us crave for, one cannot ignore the health benefits of a balanced and nutritious diet. A diet enriched with the essential nutrients can play a significant role to keep the vital organs of the body fit and healthy.

Importance of a healthy and nutritious diet
A nutritious diet plays a pivotal role in maintaining the well-being of the body. From eyes to heart, it takes care of almost everything. Mentioned below are some of the food items that should be a part of your diet.

  1. Fruits: The health benefits of fruits deserve no special mention. Apple, banana, citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, guava, most of the fruits are laden with vitamins and minerals and go a long way to build the immunity and resistance of the body against various diseases and infections.
  2. Vegetables: A diet without vegetables is anything but healthy. From antioxidants (mostly dark green vegetables) to omega-3 fatty acids, minerals to dietary fibers, incorporating vegetables in the diet takes care of most of the nutritional requirements of the body.
  3. Meat: Equally important are animal products which include meat (chicken, lamb, crab, goat, duck, to name a few), fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, tilapia, sardine, basa, to name a few), fish oil. Most of these are a rich source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals necessary for the overall growth of the body.
  4. Milk and dairy products: Milk, cheese, butter, curd, ghee, being an excellent source of calcium, vitamin, minerals, fats, proteins, should be included in the diet.
  5. Oils: One cannot miss out on the various benefits of ghee, especially of cow, mustard oil, coconut oil & olive oil and other healthy vegetable oils, such as sesame oil, rice bran oil, flaxseed oil to name a few, that are rich in nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids.
  6. Cereals: The nutritive value of cereals (oats, rye, wheat, quinoa, rice) and pulses (black gram, lentils, chickpea, groundnuts) are also immense.
  7. Herbs & spices: The herbs and spices that make food more palatable are known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Unhealthy habits to avoid after eating food
There are certain unhealthy habits which when done immediately after eating food will do the body more harm than good. Some of these include:

  1. For a proper digestion of food, never take a nap soon after the meal.
  2. Taking a shower immediately after having food will also affect the digestion process.
  3. Many of us have a habit of drinking tea after a meal. However, it is an unhealthy practice that can interfere with both the digestion of food as well as with the absorption of iron.
  4. Eating fruits immediately after a meal will also affect the digestion of food.
  5. Smoking after a meal is an extremely unhealthy practice.

Consult an expert and plan a healthy diet for yourself to stay fit always, 

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Freckles - How To Get Rid Of Them?

MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Surat
Freckles - How To Get Rid Of Them?

Freckles are skin cells (keratinocytes) that contain melanin, which is a brown colored skin pigment. The skin cells are otherwise very normal, so the spots can't be felt since they are flat. They don't cause lumps in the skin but they are quite visible. 

Here are some of the methods and home remedies with which you can get rid of your freckles:

  1. Prevent your face from the sun: This is the best approach to get rid of freckles. Wear caps with wide overflows so your face is in shadow. Attempt to abstain from going outside when the sun is high in the sky since this is the time when you get the most UV radiation. If you do go out, try to stay in the shade. Also wear sunscreens with SPF 50  constantly, without fail.
  2. Lemon Juice To Bleach Freckles Away: Lemon juice is one of the best natural bleaches. Use the juice from crisp crushed lemons; delicately apply the juice onto the freckled regions. Be careful not to put the juice in your eyes. Leave the juice on for ten to fifteen minutes and wash off with warm water. You will need to do this twice every day for a few weeks before the spots vanish.
  3. Even Out The Skin Color: Conceal the freckles by darkening the rest of the skin normally. Castor oil - an old solution for everything from blockages to upset stomachs - is fabulous for adding a light tan shading to the skin.
  4. A Sake Facial Mask Works Fast: It causes the freckles to blur away quickly, since skin cell turnover rate is around three weeks. If you can keep the most reduced layer of cells from getting a considerable measure of melanin, the spots will be gone soon.
  5. Sour Cream Facial Peels:Sour cream contains lactic corrosive, which are an exceptionally tender peeling operator. Apply the sharp cream to the freckled regions and keep it there for ten minutes.
  6. Fruit Flavored Facial Peels: Use squashed strawberries and kiwi or cucumbers for a facial cover to create a peel. Banana crushed with mint leaves gives you a peel as well.
  7. Honey and Lemon Juice: Honey holds water and moisturizes the skin. It contains chemicals that are skin-lightening agents. Mixed with lemon squeeze, this is an extremely affective strategy to get rid of your freckles.
  8. Add Nutrients To Your Skin While Lightening Freckles: Vitamin E oil not just blurs spots quick, it contains supplements that saturate your skin and keep it sound.
  9. Eating Your Way to Fewer Freckles: Vitamin C (citrus extract) in your eating routine helps your skin, pretty much as it does when you apply it to your face. If your skin is excessively delicate for lemon juice, then ensure you eat a lot of citrus product.
  10. Business Bleaching Creams With Natural Ingredients: Over-the-counter skin brightening creams that contain hydroquinone and oxybenzone can prove to be extremely effective. Common fixings, for example, bearberry, aloe, mulberry and different herbs are calming to the skin and help the spots without risk.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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10 Must Have Fruits For Good Health!

Post Graduate Diploma in Holistic Healthcare, PG Diploma Clinical research, Diploma in Medical Writing, MSc Biotechnology
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
10 Must Have Fruits For Good Health!

Fruits are a superfood category of their own. They are the powerhouse of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants and an excellent contribution to your diet. Here are ten fruits you should be eating daily:

  1. Apples: There is a reason why an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are filled with antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fibre and quercetin. Antioxidants boost your immunity and the fibre provides you with energy and maintains a healthy bowel, while quercetin has anti-allergy and antihistamine (compounds which curb the effects of histamine, primarily used to treat allergies) properties.
  2. Grapes: Grapes contain an antioxidant named resveratrol, which prevents heart diseases and premature aging of your cells. In addition, they are also great sources of folate and vitamin B6, C and A which contribute to a healthier immune system.
  3. Bananas: Bananas have low sodium and high potassium levels. Thus, they are extremely beneficial in maintaining blood pressure and preventing strokes. Bananas also contain protease inhibitors, which prevent stomach ulcers (protease is a digestive enzyme that produces acid).
  4. Strawberries: Strawberries might be small, but they do pack a lot of nutrients! A handful of strawberries daily can prevent diabetes type 2, inflammations and heart disease. They are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
  5. Papaya: Papayas contain a substance called ‘papain’ which is an incredible digestive stimulant. They also contain large amounts of folate, which helps in proper DNA repair and synthesis.
  6. Oranges: Oranges provide you with vitamin C and potassium, which are essential for enhanced muscle and digestive functions. The membrane between orange segments contains hesperidin, which has been proven to reduce cholesterol.
  7. Kiwi: Kiwi contains more vitamin C than oranges which grants them the ability to prevent DNA damage and also helps reduce risks of developing cataracts.
  8. Blueberries: Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants which aid in fighting cancer and macular degeneration (an eye disease which results in vision loss). They also contain compounds that protect you from urinary tract infections.
  9. Lemon: Lemons contain citric acid, which effectively lowers cholesterol and cuts down on body fat. Citric acid is also an excellent digestive stimulant. Also, the refreshing scent of lemons reduces anxiety, nervousness and fatigue.
  10. Grapefruit: Grapefruit is an excellent appetite suppressant, which cuts down on your cravings. It also contains a soluble fibre named ‘pectin’, which lessens the development of atherosclerosis (build-up of cholesterol and fats on the walls of the artery). However, refrain from consuming grapefruit if you are on prescription medications.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Freckles - 6 Ways You Can Handle Them!

Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), MBBS
Dermatologist, Noida
Freckles - 6 Ways You Can Handle Them!

Freckles are not always unwanted. While some people can't stand them, a few people find them cute. However, everybody loves clear skin and to achieve that it is essential to bid farewell to freckles. Freckles are tiny brown spots that are caused by an increased production of melanin in the skin cells.

People with sensitive skin are more prone to freckles than others. If you're looking for a way to get clearer skin, here are a few remedies to help you deal with freckles: 

  1. Use sunscreen: The first step towards fighting freckles is to prevent them. Freckles are a result of exposure to the sun and hence using a good sunscreen every day is a must. Choose a sunscreen that fights both UVA and UVB rays. The more your exposure to the sun, the higher the amount of SPF needed. 
  2. Bleach them with lemon juice: Lemon juice is the best form of natural bleach. Apply freshly squeezed juice or bottled lime juice onto the skin and leave for 15*20 minutes. Do this twice a day to see your freckles fade. Along with bleaching the skin, the citric acid also helps tighten the skin and makes you look younger. 
  3. Increase your intake of vitamin C: Vitamin C helps lighten the skin. Apart from the limes and lemons, kiwis, tomatoes, bell peppers and papaya are good sources of vitamin C. 
  4. Use sour milk and sour cream: Sour milk and sour cream contain lactic acid that inhibits melanin production and lighten the skin. Wash your face with sour milk three to four times a day. You may rinse your face with water a little while after each sour milk wash. Apply the sour cream on your face as a mask and leave on for 15*20 minutes. This will help your skin absorb the lactic acid. 
  5. Mask them with honey: Apply a mixture of honey and warm water over the freckles. Let it sit for a while and then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow this by rinsing your face with cold water. Alternatively, you could try a mask of honey and yogurt. Leave this mask on for at least half an hour. 
  6. Try a fruit peel: Along with eating them, you could also put fruit directly on your skin to fight freckles. Blend fruits like strawberries, papaya, pineapple and cucumber and apply it on your face. As it dries the top layer of skin sticks to the fruit and is peeled off. With repeated use, you will notice your freckles fade away.

If none of this works, you could also try skin lightening creams or chemical peels and laser freckle removal. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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11 Best Fruits That Are Low In Sugar Content!

PDDM, MHA, MBBS
General Physician, Nashik
11 Best Fruits That Are Low In Sugar Content!

The first commandment of healthy living is to eat plenty of fresh fruits. However, did you know that some fruits are healthier than others? Fruits do not have any added sugars but many fruits are rich in natural sugar. However, here are 11 fruits which have lowest sugar content.

  1. Limes and lemons: Limes and lemons are known as sour fruits. While they are rich in vitamin C, they do not contain a lot of sugar. Freshly squeezed lime juice and hot water is the perfect drink to curb your appetite and raise metabolism.
  2. Raspberries: Raspberries are rich in fiber but have only a little more than a teaspoon of sugar per cup. This makes them the perfect fruit to start the day with.
  3. Strawberries: Strawberries may taste sweet but a cup of fresh strawberries has only about 7 grams of sugar. However, a cup of strawberries has enough vitamin C to take care of your daily requirements.
  4. Blackberries: A cup of these berries also has minimal sugar. Along with fiber, these fruits are also rich in antioxidants. These berries also help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other such conditions.
  5. Kiwi: Did you know that kiwis are technically berries? Each kiwi has less than 6 grams of sugar but is very rich in vitamin C.
  6. Grapefruit: A grapefruit is a perfect breakfast. These citrus fruits are rich in fiber and low in sugar. Half a grapefruit contains only 52 calories and minimal sugar. They are also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
  7. Avocado: Avocados are naturally low in their sugar content. One raw avocado has less than a gram of sugar. However, they are full of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium.
  8. Watermelon: Summer would be incomplete without watermelons. Though they taste sweet, watermelons are very low in sugar. A cup of watermelon has less than 10 grams of sugar.
  9. Cantaloupe: Cantaloupes are rich in vitamin A but a cup of this fruit has only about 14 grams of sugar. They are also rich in vitamin B, magnesium and fiber.
  10. Oranges: Eating an orange is the best way to boost our vitamin C levels and keep infections away. One orange typically contains less than 70 calories and 12 grams of sugar.
  11. Peaches: A medium sized peach has less than 13 grams of sugar. This is an example of how taste can be deceptive when it comes to calories.

Given the sugar content in these fruits, it would be a great idea for the diabetics and weight watchers to include them in their diet and have a healthy and hearty meal. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.

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Table of Content

Kiwi
Nutritional Value of Kiwi
Health Benefits of Kiwi
Improves heart health
Lowers blood pressure
Helps to improve digestion
Provides protection against DNA damage
Beneficial for weight loss
It helps to clear out toxins
Helps to fight heart diseases
Provides a shield against Macular degeneration
It is known to create alkaline balance
Helps to fight cancer
controlling diabetes
For bone maintenance and repair
Uses of Kiwi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Kiwi
Cultivation of Kiwi