You may have heard of the many health benefits of kiwi fruit, but its powers as a natural digestive are often overlooked in favor of the other ways in which its nutrients can help the body. Kiwi fruits are regarded as a super fruit. They’re packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, potassium, folate, polyphenols (phenolic acid), and fiber. They’re also a good source of Vitamin E. But let’s take a look at the specific ways that the kiwi fruit can aid your digestion

Improves Digestion of Protein 

Protein digestion problems can create havoc in the body as protein is an essential source of amino acids, needed for all types of cellular functions. What’s more, undigested protein leads to a buildup of toxins in the large intestine. A toxic colon produces all kinds of problems including bloating and gas, weight gain, lower back pain, body odor, and bad breath. In 2010, a scientific study confirmed long held beliefs that kiwi fruits assist in the digestion of several common food proteins.

Relieves Constipation 

There have been a couple of studies carried out on the laxative effective of kiwi fruits. One study was conducted on a group of 33 chronically constipated Chinese patients, while the other study involved 38 elderly people. In both studies, patients were given two kiwi fruits a day. The study on the Chinese patients found that ingesting kiwi fruits increased complete spontaneous bowel motions in the majority of patients.

Improves Bowel Function

In Irritable Bowel Syndrome Sufferers Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal system. It’s characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and alternating diarrhea and constipation. Treatment of this debilitating disease can be difficult.

Prevents

Against Oxidative DNA Damage Scientific research, such as this study and this study, has shown a significant link between oxidative stress and colon cancer (also known as colorectal or bowel cancer).

Kiwi fruits are a newly discovered source of prebiotics. These non-digestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in the intestine so that the bad ones don’t take over. Scientists have found kiwi fruit to be more effective than well-established prebiotic inulin at improving the adhesion of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (an important good bacteria) to the intestinal epithelial cells.