Monday 19 April 2021
A recent study suggests that kiwi fruit contains a host of health benefits, one of which is central to recovering from intense exercise.
According to a study published in the journal “Nutrients” earlier this year, runners who ate two kiwis daily for one month reduced the oxidative stress resulting from intense physical training.
Physician Matthew Cady explains in an article that athletes who train routinely and at high intensity tend to get a large amount of oxygen during exercise, and while oxygen is necessary for muscle contraction, inhaling a lot of things can also increase the number of free radicals in your body. Here, the so-called oxidative stress is produced, which is described as an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body.
What is oxidation?
Over time, oxidative stress can damage DNA, as well as essential fatty tissues and proteins in your body. As a result, many health problems can arise, including high blood pressure, diabetes, atherosclerosis and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Other than intense training, oxidative stress can be caused by eating traditional fruits and vegetables sprayed with pesticides, as well as pollutants in the air, and eating a diet high in sugar, fat and alcohol.
Kiwi is a food rich in antioxidants to help restore balance in the body.
In the recent study conducted in Japan, researchers recruited 30 middle- and long-distance runners who were studying in colleges, and were regularly exposed to oxidative stress caused by their training, and half of them were asked to eat two kiwis daily for two months without any other changes in their diet, while not The other half consumes any kiwi fruit at all.
In conclusion of the study, researchers discovered that those who consumed kiwi twice a day reduced the harmful effects of oxidative stress training on their bodies by increasing their levels of antioxidants.
In addition to being an antioxidant, kiwi fruit may help treat asthma because it contains vitamin “C”, according to another study.