The human digestive system is comprised of a sophisticated process that turns food into energy and nutrition. Enzymes play a vital role in this process, as evidenced by their presence in human saliva. Helping aid this process can be achieved with a number of supplements, including foods; And one of the most enzyme-rich foods existing in Nature is the Kiwi fruit. So to answer the question, “Is Kiwi good for digestion“? The short answer is yes and yes.
To understand how, let’s first take a closer look at the digestive process and one of the first indicators of its workings: Flatulence. Along the way, there are several bi-products of the digestive process, including flatulence. While flatulence is natural, too much can be indicative of larger digestive issues.
Knowing how to manage flatulence begins with first understanding what it is made up of. In short, flatulence is a combination of two different types of gasses; exogenous and endogenous. This means that the gas either originates from outside of your body, or it was created from within the confines of your bowels. Exogenous gas is usually air that’s been trapped in saliva during the process of swallowing, while endogenous gas is mostly formed as a result of certain particles of food that are not fulling digested as they pass through the digestive system. The more undigested particles that confront your intestinal microflora, the more work the microflora have to exert in order to break down those particles and make the nutrients within them available to be absorbed into your body’s bloodstream.
This is why we stress how important it is to really chew your food and eat slowly. The slower you eat, the less air you will inadvertently swallow. And the more thoroughly you chew your food, the more you will prepare your food to be properly and fully digested. This simple behavioral change can have a big impact on how gassy or bloated you feel after eating. But certain foods can be harder to digest than others, resulting in more farts and smelly gas. This is why it can be helpful to incorporate foods with enzymes that aid with digestion, like kiwifruit and papaya.
Kiwi are high in actinidin, which is a proteolytic enzyme that assists with breaking down proteins. In Vitro and In Vivo studies have all shown that Actinidin sourced from the kiwi fruit has a powerful impact on the small intestinal digestion, and particularly the gastro digestion of foods high in protein. Gastro digestion is what happens inside the stomach, and this phase of digestion has been shown to be exponentially enhanced by kiwi fruit’s ability to expedite the breakdown of proteins before they are passed on to be processed by the small intestine.
Dr Lovedeep Kaur from Massey University in New Zealand relayed how this process does much more than just decrease your gas production, stating “Gastric protein digestion after eating kiwi fruit may increase the rate at which protein is absorbed in the small intestine, ultimately affecting the overall protein utilization in the human body.”
Less farts, and better utilization of protein definitely point to a solid win-win when it comes to incorporating kiwi into your diet. But kiwis aren’t particularly cheap, and the rate and quantity you would need to eat (3 per day) could quickly tax your wallet and your tastebuds. This is where a supplement like Kiwi-Klenz really comes in handy.
Most kiwi fruit supplements only use freeze dried pulp, which means they are missing out on excellent sources of phenolic compounds in the fuzzy skin and in the seeds. Kiwi-Klenz uses only high quality New Zealand kiwi’s and each capsule provides a days therapeutic amount of kiwi’s, which is much easier to incorporate on a daily basis then purchasing and consuming multiple fresh kiwi’s daily. Kiwi-Klenz has also proven to be an excellent source of soluble fiber as well, even in comparison with regular dried kiwifruit powder and psyllium husks.
Natural bio-actives, known as Phenolic Compounds, are also found in kiwifruit. Phenolic Compounds have been shown to boost the proliferation of “good” beneficial gut bacteria, and also actively suppress the proliferation of “bad” or destructive bacteria. The more good bacteria we have in our digestive systems the more thoroughly or bodies are able to digest food and convert it into valuable bio-available nutrients. Remarkably, Kiwi-Klenz has been shown to have significantly more phenolic components than dried kiwifruit powder or psyllium husks. All of this feeds into the fact that the better digested your food is to begin with, the less you will fart and the less stinky they will be. Add on top of that, you will be actively supporting your body’s ability to convert your food into useful energy and nutrients – a solid compliment to your daily health regimen.