healthy food : Kiwi Fights Cancer
The most common species of kiwifruit is Actinidia deliciosa, commonly known as Hayward kiwi. Kiwifruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of dietary fiber. It is also a good source of the minerals potassium, magnesium, and copper. In addition, kiwifruit is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E. In addition, a full array of nutrients includes carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more.
Research conducted at the University of Innsbruck in Austria suggests that as fruits fully ripen, almost to the point of spoilage, their antioxidant levels actually increase.
Key to the process is the change in color that occurs as fruits ripen, a similar process to that seen in the fall when leaves turn from green to red to yellow to brown- a color change caused by the breakdown and disappearance of chlorophyll, which gives leaves and fruits their green color.
Kiwi fruit is a fruit from China, where it was traditionally used for cancer treatment. It is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C. It is also a good source of pectin, the soluble fiber, and phytochemicals – nutrients that are proven cancer fighters. Besides those cancer-fighting nutrients, kiwi fruit is a source for potassium, and zeaxanthin and lutein – antioxidants for eye health.