Kiwifruit Shows Significant Gut Health Improvements
Having a healthy mix of microbiota in your gut is essential for everything from raising blood levels of vitamin D to lowering inflammation, but probiotics are still best-known for their effect on relieving abdominal discomfort. A recent study adds to that body of knowledge, suggesting that an extract from kiwifruit that contains enzymes for digestion and prebiotics may help improve gut health by increasing bowl movement frequency and relieving other symptoms of constipation.
Participants in the study included 87 people who had occasional constipation. Over the course of four weeks, half of the group took the kiwifruit supplement while the other half took a placebo.
The researchers noted increases in spontaneous bowel movements every week of the study, with significant increases at weeks three and four. They also noted reduced abdominal pain or discomfort and reduced flatulence in the supplement group, when compared with the placebo group.
Additionally, by the second week of the trial, the supplement group was also passing significantly smoother and softer bowel movements.
The researchers were unsure about the exact mechanism behind the results seen here, but suggested that the kiwifruit extract has enzymes that help with digestion, as well as prebiotics, which are necessary for the growth of good gut bacteria.
Researchers from Medicus Research conducted the study. It was published on June 8, 2013, in Nutrition Journal.
Kiwifruits are packed with vitamin C and vitamin K, among other essential nutrients. Consuming these delicious green fruits has been linked with managing blood pressure, boosting immunity, protecting your DNA from damage, and cleaning toxins out of your system.
If you’re looking to add more kiwifruit to your diet, try throwing it into a healthy smoothie or adding it to yogurt for a delicious breakfast. Kiwi can also be eaten on it’s own or added to anything from salads to cakes to ice cream.