The kaki fruit is a vitamin bomb that you should definitely not forgive yourself during the cold autumn or frosty winter days. This exotic fruit originated in Japan, but is now common in Central European shops. And during the season that has just begun, kaki is not too expensive either, its price can even be compared with domestic apples or pears.
Vitamins, fibre and many rare minerals
From a nutritional point of view, fresh fruit and vegetables are one of the basic building blocks of our diet. However, when it comes to the health benefits, all fruits are by no means equal. Kaki is one of the absolute champions in this respect, just look at the selected vitamin content per 100 g of this fruit:
- Vitamin A: 1627 IU (International Units)
- Vitamin C: 7.5 mg
- Vitamin E: 0.73 mg
- Vitamin K: 2.6 µg
In addition to vitamins, kaki also contains a large amount of insoluble fibre, which is important for proper bowel function, and which, in addition, wards off hunger and sweet cravings. In addition, kaki contains a number of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron or phosphorus. These elements are also very easily digestible from kaki. And that’s not all, kaki lowers cholesterol and relieves irritation of the optic nerve or damage to the lens of the human eye.
Protects against cancer
Recent scientific research also proves that kaki extract can protect human body cells from cancer. In fact, some substances in kaki strongly inhibit the growth of leukaemia cells, which triggers their apoptosis, a process in the human body that purposely eliminates unnecessary or damaged cells. This means, in simple terms, that the cancer cells die of their own accord. More detailed studies are yet to be planned, but it seems that kaki could support traditional Japanese longevity.