Generic: Kiwi fruit
treats Respiratory problems and Energy enhancement
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, asthma, ATP- synthesis increase, cancer prevention, cardiovascular health, cell proliferation, collagen synthesis of fibroblasts, cytotoxic activity, digestion, HIV, increasing proliferation, lung function, mitochondrial diseases, skin conditions.
Adults (over 18 years old)
There is no proven effective dose for kiwi. As an antioxidant, doses between 150 and 500 milliliters of kiwi fruit juice have been used. For cardiovascular health, two or three kiwi fruits per day for 28 days have been studied. For energy enhancement, doses between 500 and 1,200 milliliters of kiwi fruit juice (Actinidia sinensis planch, ASP) have been studied.
Children (under 18 years old)
One study reported beneficial effects on wheezing and other respiratory conditions in children from consuming between one and seven kiwi fruits per week.
SafetyDISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.
Kiwi allergy is one of the more common allergies among fruits and caution is advised. There are numerous reports of allergy and cross- sensitization with kiwi and birch pollen, banana, avocado, chestnut, melon, fig, nuts, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, rye grain, hazelnuts, flour, latex- containing plants, and grasses. Asthma, rash, "hives," swelling and anaphylaxis have been reported.
Side Effects and Warnings
The most common adverse effect is allergy to kiwi, which may or may not clinically manifest in symptoms ranging from local mouth irritation to anaphylaxis. Urticaria ("hives") and angioedema (swelling) due to allergy, and allergic contact dermatitis have been reported. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), which includes itching and tingling with or without edema (swelling) of the lips, mouth, and tongue has been observed after consuming kiwi. Acute pancreatitis has also been reported.
Kiwi is known to have high levels of vitamin C, E, potassium and serotonin and may be capable of altering triglyceride levels. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), and collapse have also been reported.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Kiwi is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women due to a lack of available scientific evidence.