Kiwi

The kiwi may be small brown and fuzzy on the outside but cut one open and you’ll find an enormous amount of nutrition in this vibrant green fruit.  Kiwis have more vitamin C than an orange, which will help strengthen the immune system.  The fiber in kiwis can improve digestion.  This little fruit is a great antioxidant that can support the overall health of the body.  They are lutein rich to strengthen vision.  Kiwis are also a good source of vitamin K  and potassium as well.  Other health benefits include: helps blood pressure, balances acid/alkaline content in the body, great for heart health and disease prevention.

A majority of the kiwis found in stores are grown in California, between October and May, and New Zealand, between June and October.  Add them to your juice mixture, put them on your salad or just enjoy the sweet little green fruit on its own.

 

Kiwi

 

Carotene

Carotenes or carotenoids have also been called provitamin A because it’s the plant based version that we convert in our bodies to vitamin A.  They are found in foods that are typically yellow, orange, or red.

Function

  • supports adrenals and thymus gland
  • strengthens epithelial tissue
  • enhances immune system
  • antioxidant
  • anti-cancer
  • helps heart disease

Lycopene, lutein, and astaxanthin are also carotenes.