Kiwifruit: the snacker’s secret weapon for fighting fatigue?
Wouldn’t it be great if there were another few hours in every day? Sometimes it feels like a miracle when we’re able to successfully juggle all of our work, family and friend commitments. But what about those moments when you need a little helping hand? Though it can be tempting to reach for an unhealthy snack when you’re feeling exhausted, making smart food choices is actually one of the best things you can do to raise vitality levels and fight fatigue.
In particular, one nutrient to look out for is vitamin C. Low levels of vitamin C can lead to tiredness and exhaustion1, so it is important to make sure you are getting enough of it in your daily diet. But guess what? We’ve got some refreshing news for you. The juicy Zespri SunGold kiwifruit has high vitamin C content, more than three times the amount found in oranges!2
Tired doesn’t have to be the new normal
We’ve all had those moments: you look in the mirror and are hardly recognise the tired face staring back at you. But whilst it’s not uncommon to feel worn down now and again (especially if you have a hectic schedule and don’t get enough sleep), this doesn’t mean that feeling tired is just something you should get used to. Making small changes to your lifestyle (like ensuring you are getting enough nutrients) can really help. Plus, vitamin C has other benefits. For one, it helps the body produce collagen, the substance that contributes to your skin keeping firm and elastic3. Which makes vitamin C a must on any busy person’s list: not only does it improve vitality, but it can also help keep your skin looking young and healthy!
Power up your kiwifruit smoothie
Now we understand that for most people these days, time is limited. That’s why we suggest you get your dose of vitamin C through a delicious fruit smoothie. Don’t forget that the body can’t make or even store the nutrient, so it needs to be obtained through the diet on a daily basis1. The Zespri SunGold Power Up smoothie is made from a tasty blend of kiwifruit, apricot, dates and almonds.
- National Institutes of Health. Vitamin C. Available at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/ (accessed 20 November 2016)
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28 (2015).
- The International Dermal Institute. Structural changes associated with aging skin. Available from: http://www.dermalinstitute.com/us/library/11_article_Structural_Changes_Associated_with_Aging_Skin.html (accessed 22 January 2017)