It is not a secret to anyone that sports performance is linked to proper nutrition, and not only in relation to energy intake, but also to the set of nutrients that modify protection against tissue damage caused by overexertion. During exercise there is a very high oxygen consumption through respiration. This oxygen creates free radicals that must be neutralized.
Kiwifruit, due to its antioxidant content, can be a perfect complement for athletes. Kiwifruit is rich in vitamin C (a single kiwi provides 100% of the daily requirement of this vitamin), and also provides other antioxidants such as carotenoids or polyphenols.
Vitamin C is essential for the structure and function of skeletal muscle due to its role as a collagen former and as a protector of metabolically active cells from oxidative stress. Consuming kiwi can help protect muscle tissue from free radical damage.
On the other hand, actinidin is capable of hydrolyzing dietary proteins and facilitating their digestion and absorption. Protein is an important nutrient for athletes, since after each session they suffer micro-muscle ruptures that need to be repaired and taking protein after exercise facilitates this repair. If kiwi is consumed with a meal rich in protein, its digestion and absorption will be facilitated, enhancing recovery after exercise. The phrase “Eat meat and sleep …” will sound to more than one.
It could also be interesting to study its consumption before exercise, and test the reaction, since due to its sugar content and its low glycemic index, it is capable of gradually providing energy to the athlete.
Lic. José Agustín Villaverde López, SWIMLAB, swimlab training method, 2019. National technical triathlon trainer level I (FETRI) Conditioning Specialist. Triathlon Conditioning Specialist. Swimming coach Specialist in Open Water Tactics and Strategies. Specialist Technician in Physical Activity and Sports for people with disabilities or reduced mobility. SWIMLAB Head Coach.