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How a Kiwi fruit a day can keep heart diseases at bay

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Did you know that Kiwi is the powerhouse of Vitamin C and antioxidants?

It is easy to fall in love with Chilean Kiwi because of its vibrant green fruit speckled with little black seeds and a heady mix of the taste of strawberries, melons, and bananas.

Kiwi is a piece of good news for our health because it is loaded with fiber, both soluble as well as insoluble, along with multiple nutrients like vitamins A, B6, B12, E, potassium, calcium, magnesium (a nutrient essential to convert food into energy) and iron (which helps beat anemia), and is low in calorie (one fruit about 70 gm gives about 40 calories) too.

Listed below are 5 compelling reasons which will give you reason enough to add 1 Kiwi a day to your diet.

1. Helps to fight flu

We easily get affected with flu and myriad infections and kiwi being loaded with vitamin C, one fruit a day, can help you meet your daily Vitamin C requirement. Apart from this

Vitamin C also helps in the production and activity of antibodies, and to keep a healthy immune system, a good antibody is important for your body. Vitamin C is also vital for the production of serotonin, so, if you are trying to improve your mood, try a place full of kiwi.

2. ​It is a Dengue warrior

June to September are Dengue-prone seasons, affected people generally have low platelet counts and Kiwi is said to improve the same. The fruit is loaded with Vitamin C which helps in increase platelet count. Kiwi tastes good, is easy to digest, and is also rich in antioxidants and electrolyte & potassium balance, which makes it an ideal food to eat during this time. Vitamin C also helps in absorbing iron from the food we eat, and delivers vitamin B9 (folate), both of which help to boost blood platelet count.

3. It is a friend to your Heart

To reduce the amount of fat (triglycerides) in your blood and to protect your heart and the blood vessels, make Kiwi your best friend. It has 3 very important components: vitamin C, polyphenols, and potassium, which work as magic to keep the heart healthy. So, to keep your heart in the pink of health, eat a Kiwi every day.

4. ​It is packed with Antioxidants

There are many bioactive compounds in Kiwi that have the antioxidant capacity, which help protect against free radicals, and harmful by-products, which are produced in the body due to stress, wrong lifestyle choices, and eating junk food. We already live in very stressful times and this juicy fruit is the perfect antidote for the same.

And the best way to enjoy Kiwis

Take your knife to cut the kiwi fruit into two halves. Then, use a spoon to scoop out the nutrient-rich, bright green inside. That’s all there is to it — no peeling required.

How to include Kiwi in daily diet

You can add it to your salads, use it as a topping on your pizza, yogurt, and cereals, and whip up a sleepy-time smoothie by blending two kiwis with a cup of warm, unsweetened almond milk or yogurt. Or just slice and have it.