Did you know that, according to the American Lung Association, the average adult takes over 20,000 breaths a day? That’s a lot of work for your respiratory system, and according to some research, kiwis might be able to lighten the load. One study found that children who ate five to seven servings of kiwifruit or other citrus fruit a week experienced less wheezing than those who ate these fruits less than once a week. Shortness of breath was also reduced, along with severe wheezing and nighttime coughing.

Eating vitamin C-rich fruit such as kiwi may confer a significant protective effect against respiratory symptoms associated with asthma such as wheezing.

Children who had asthma when the study began appeared to benefit the most, and protective effects were evident even among children who ate fruit only once or twice a week.

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