‘Tis the season for the common cold and upper respiratory infections! If you’ve fallen prey, what can you do to speed up your healing?
According to this study shared by Nutrition Facts.org, gold kiwifruit may be the answer. Researchers compared two groups of people (eating either 4 gold kiwifruit per day, or 2 bananas per day) and found that the kiwi eaters significantly reduced the severity and duration of head congestion AND sore throats.
Apparently, gold kiwifruit can boost our natural killer cell activity and support our immunity system.
A study done in children not only showed similar results, it further demonstrated that kiwi-eating children were 45% less likely to contract a cold or the flu in the first place. (It should be noted that kiwi is a common food allergen, so beware).
I honestly didn’t know there was such a thing as gold kiwifruit until reading this article. I’ve only ever tasted the green variety. I googled “where to buy gold kiwifruit” and found a few stores that may stock it. Check it out in your area and let us know if you find them.
One caveat: The study was sponsored by Zespri – a company that sells gold kiwifruits. I advise people to be skeptical of industry-funded research, but I see no harm in eating 4 gold kiwi a day to see if it helps!
Here’s the study link, in case you’re interested:
- M A Skinner. Wellness Foods Based on the Health Benefits of Fruit: Gold Kiwifruit for Immune Support and Reducing Symptoms of Colds and Influenza. Journal of Food and Drug Analysis, Vol. 20, Suppl. 1, 2012, Pages 261-264