Kiwifruit originates from China, although its commercial cultivation didn’t begin until the early 20th century in New Zealand. It was originally known as Chinese gooseberry due to its origin and flavor and was also marketed as melonette when it was first exported to the United States. Kiwifruit growers in New Zealand began using the term “kiwifruit” in 1962 to improve its market appeal in the United States.
Actinidin, also known as actinidain, is one of the significant components in kiwifruit with respect to its health benefits. This enzyme is a protein-dissolving enzyme, or protease, that breaks proteins into smaller polypeptides. Additional bioactive components in kiwifruit include flavonoids and carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Kiwifruit is also a rich source of vitamins C, K and E, as well as dietary fiber. Kiwifruit is typically dehydrated to a powder when used as a health supplement to concentrate these components.
The Kiwi is a powerful vine fruit, by consuming only one, you meet your daily Vitamin C requirements. As the body cannot produce its own supply of Vitamin C, it makes the natural consumption of this essential vitamin highly important. Vitamin C has a major role in the production of collagen in the body, the formation of good teeth and healthy eyes. Kiwi Fruit is also rich in fiber and a great source of Vitamin E and Potassium.
Uses of Kiwifruit Powder
The health benefits of kiwifruit primarily affect the digestive system. It may also support healthy circulation, respiration and cholesterol levels.
Some evidence indicates that eating fruits like kiwifruit that are high in vitamin C may help to maintain healthy lung function.
Digestive health support
Early research indicates that the actinidin in kiwifruit may support the digestive system by increasing the frequency of bowel movements. The regimen in this study consisted of two kiwifruits per day for four weeks. Kiwifruit provides three digestive effects to relieve mild constipation, setting it apart from other digestive health products. Actinidin’s proteolytic activity is highest at a pH of about 2.0, which is the typical acidity level in the human stomach. The polyphenols in kiwifruit support beneficial bacteria in the intestines without promoting the growth of harmful species. Soluble fiber helps to relieve constipation by increasing the frequency of bowel movements.
Healthy cholesterol level management
The dietary fiber in kiwifruit may help to maintain a healthy cholesterol profile.
Kiwifruit contains vitamin C, which may help to maintain health blood pressure. One study showed that three kiwifruits per day for eight weeks was more beneficial for blood pressure than one apple per day.
Dragon Tea House’s 100% Green Kiwi Fruit Powder is made from Green Kiwi Fruit puree that has been dried using innovative low temperature process. It ensures the nutrients, flavour volatiles and colour of the Green Kiwi Fruit are not damaged during processing. Our kiwifruit powder is primarily extracted from the flesh of the fruit and is 100 percent natural. It is freeze dried and contains high levels of actinidin, polyphenols and soluble fiber.
Our Kiwi Fruit Powder does not contain any fillers or bulking agents.
Made from Green Kiwi Fruit puree
Colour: light green / yellow
1kg powder = 8kg Green Kiwi Fruit puree
3 year shelf life (stored dry & unopened @ 20°C)
How to use: Tastes so good that it can be enjoyed straight off the spoon. This ultra bright green Powder is perfect for smoothies, lattes, baked goods, noodles and more!