Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Health benefits of Kiwi before and during pregnancy

The green coloured fruit kiwi is quite unique and has a dramatic tropical flavor. This fruit has lot of nutritional and medicinal properties. It facilitates weight loss and aids in improving the general health. The low glycemic content of the fruit qualifies it as one of the best fruits for PCOS and diabetes patients. It is a major source of Vitamins C, E and A. Eating one fruit daily will take care of your daily requirement for vitamin C. The vitamin C & E content helps in boosting the immunity system. Kiwi is also rich in phosphorous, magnesium and copper. The low level of sodium and high level of potassium helps in lowering the blood pressure.

The fruit is rich in the nutrients which can assist in a healthy and smooth pregnancy. Kiwi is rich in folic acid, which is essential before and during pregnancy. Folic acid takes care of the proper development of the vital organs of the fetus in the womb. The fruit has about 10% of daily recommended dosage of folate and helps in preventing birth defects in unborn babies. The risk of having neural tube defects in the fetus is reduced and the blood circulation to the fetus  is facilitated, which makes it healthier.

Kiwi benefits pregnant women by providing a healthy amount of dietary fiber. During pregnancy, intake of dietary fiber will reduce the risk of hemorrhoids and constipation and the fiber binds and cleanses toxins from intestines. Regular consumption of kiwi fruit aids to keep digestive issues like gas, nausea, and discomfort of the stomach at bay.

Kiwi is rich in antioxidants, capable of fighting off the free radicals. Flavonoids present increases the nutritional value of kiwi fruit. These are useful to protect the cells of the body from the oxidative stress, DNA damage and cancer.  It is an excellent fruit for boosting energy levels and strengthening the immune system.

Kiwi fruit also supports a healthy heart, as it is a natural blood thinner. Consuming kiwi can cut down the risk  of blood clotting and reduces fats in blood that can lead to blockages and clots, diminishing the risk for strokes. Kiwi abets absorption of iron, which will ward off anemia. 

Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre


Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI , donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy. Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.


  1. Great article! I always tell people about the vitamin C part of kiwi since they are always thinking of oranges. Thanks for posting!


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