Kiwi, Kiwifruit or Chinese gooseberry is an edible berry. It is a fibrous fruit with green or golden flesh and tiny black rows of edible seeds.
The fruit is native of China but has become more popular with Americans. It is now a commercial crop grown in several countries. The fruits are harvested when firm so as to keep them in storage for a longer time, say up to eight weeks, and to export to other countries.
China is the largest producer of Kiwi followed by Italy and New Zealand.
Both green and golden flesh varieties are available with almost similar nutritional value, differing in small percentages of some nutrients.
It is estimated that 100 gm. of raw fruit provides 251 calories of energy, 14.23 gm. carbohydrates, 10.98 gm. sugar, 2 gm. dietary fiber, 0.56 gm. fat and 1.23 gm. protein.
It contains many vitamins like, vitamin C 105.4 mg. (127% -RDA –Recommended Daily Amount), pantothenic acid 0.5mg (10%RDA), vitamin E 1.49mg (0%RDA), folate 34 microgram (9%RDA), vitamin K , 5.5microgram (5%RDA) and small percentages of lutein. Zeaxanthin, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and choline.
Minerals present in Kiwi fruit are calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc in quantities ranging from 1% RDA to 7% RDA.
What is Dengue fever?
DENGUE is a mosquito borne disease but found out only after substantial lapse of time from the time of infection of the person concerned. Symptoms of dengue are high fever, headache, vomiting, pain in the joints and muscles in addition to skin rashes characteristic of dengue.
Dengue is a global problem affecting millions of people every year across the world. It is a serious disease which may even require blood transfusion in acute cases.
Antiviral drug to cure dengue quickly and completely is yet to be formulated though the disease is treated with multiple remedial measures. There are attempts to prevent, control and to cure the disease by deployment of various measures starting from controlling the growth of mosquitoes.
Kiwi fruits to treat and cure dengue fever
Since development of appropriate remedy is ongoing, some home treatments are suggested. One such suggestion is consumption of Kiwi fruit or Kiwi fruit juice.
Symptoms of dengue
A very serious symptom of dengue is profuse bleeding due to lowering of the platelet count. Reduction of platelet count starts well before the onset of the fever.
The stage of dengue fever at which the bone marrow is infected, circulation of blood in the blood vessels decreases. Consequently the blood pressure lowers leading to insufficient blood supply to vital organs. Due to infection, dysfunction of the bone marrow occurs and reduction of platelet count speeds up. Platelet count level is required to be maintained at the desired level as it is necessary for effective blood clotting and to avoid bleeding. Since bleeding is a major complication developed during dengue, it is very urgent to stop bleeding by increasing the platelet count.
How does Kiwi treat dengue?
It is at this stage of helplessness that Kiwi fruit works like a miracle. It is the experience of people affected by dengue that consumption of whole Kiwi fruit or the fruit juice rapidly and instantaneously increases platelet count. Kiwi acts as a food substitute because it gives 250 calories in just 100 gm. of fruit. The fruit is also more palatable than other foods. This is because, for a person affected by dengue who also suffer from food aversion at that point in time. The fruit reduces fatigue due to dengue is addressed besides boosting the energy level in addition to the increase in platelet count which is all the more important.
Is this treatment clinically proven?
The theory of Kiwi fruit as a remedy for dengue fever has not been clinically proved yet. But patients who have gained by consumption of the fruit have come out with their beneficial experiences.
However, kiwi has many nutrients which have the potential to enhance immunity. Hence the capability of kiwi in treating dengue can be safely assumed.
Even as other remedial measures are undertaken, consumption of Kiwi fruit can ensure speedy recovery from dengue.