The kiwifruit is named after New Zealand's Kiwi bird because they both are small, brown and furry.Reuters

Kiwi is not just a mere pretty-looking exotic fruit which is named after the Kiwi bird for being small, furry and brown just like the birdie. It is packed with many amazing health benefits! Let's know the fruit better as apart from boosting your immunity, kiwi fruit helps in enhancing your overall health in numerous ways.

Here are some facts about kiwi you probably never knew:

Combats heart diseases

This little fruit is great for heart health! A study conducted by the researchers of Taipei Medical University in Taiwan revealed that consuming two kiwis per day for 8 weeks resulted in lowered level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increased levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

It's a diabetic-friendly fruit

Diabetics are often advised not to eat various fruits like mangoes and grapes as they belong in the high category for glycemic index. They have the ability to raise the sugar levels and worsen the condition. Kiwi is found to be in the low category for glycemic index, hence it doesn't trigger the blood sugar levels and is safe for diabetics.

It shields your DNA from damage

A study revealed that the blend of antioxidants present in kiwi aids in protecting the DNA from oxidative damage or oxidative stress. Due to this reason the fruit is believed to have the ability to prevent cancer.

Kiwi enhances digestion

Your digestion related problems can be cured by eating raw kiwi. It contains a protein-dissolving enzyme called actinidain which helps in enhancing the process of digestion.

It helps in keeping blood pressure under control

Kiwi is a potassium-rich fruit which aids in maintenance of electrolytes in our body while preventing sodium's adverse effects. This results in normalising the blood pressure.

Rich in vitamins C and E

Kiwi is rich in vitamin C which helps in boosting immunity, the vitamin E present in the fruit helps in protecting your skin by keeping skin degeneration at bay.

The fruit is great for those who are dieting hard to shed weight. It also aids in flushing the toxins away from the body with the help of its fibres.