The significance of kiwi in this dengue season

Prachi Payal
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Because mosquitos breed more in wet areas during this season, dengue fever is more common. Mild dengue fever is treatable symptomatically with adequate hydration, rest, and diet.

The World Health Organization states that “Dengue causes a wide spectrum of disease.” Subclinical disease (in which people are unaware they are infected) to severe flu-like symptoms in those who are infected Although it is less common, severe dengue can result in a number of complications, including severe bleeding, organ impairment, and/or plasma leakage. If severe dengue is not treated properly, the risk of death increases.”

Dengue fever is also known as ‘breakbone fever,’ because the patient has a high-grade fever that lasts for several days, as well as headaches and severe body aches, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. On rare occasions, patients with low platelets and blood pressure may experience bleeding (Dengue shock syndrome).

While dengue fever can result in serious complications such as low platelets, liver and kidney dysfunction, and even death, the mortality rate remains low; however, the symptoms that persist even after recovery from dengue fever can be concerning. Although not everyone experiences post-dengue recovery symptoms, those with compromised health or who have had severe dengue infection, particularly children and the elderly, may find it extremely difficult.

Dengue viral infection is caused by a female mosquito bite, and the fever caused by dengue can be fatal in severe cases (Dengue shock syndrome, Dengue Haemorrhagic fever), and this fever occurs on a yearly basis in many tropical and subtropical regions such as India, Southeast Asia, Southern China, Taiwan, Mexico, and Central America, where approximately 500,000 people are affected each year, with a 2.5% mortality rate.

“Scientific studies have shown that the combined use of Kiwi fruit and Carica papaya demonstrated a significant therapeutic effect on the febrile condition of dengue and other related symptoms,” according to the source. The addition of Kiwi fruit to Carica papaya may aid in the relief of muscle pain and skin rashes caused by dengue fever. To stimulate lymphocyte production and strengthen the body’s immune system, dengue patients should increase their fluid intake in the form of fresh fruit juices, such as those from kiwi, dragon fruit, guava, watermelon, and other fruits high in Vitamin C.”

Shubha Rawal, IG International’s Director of Sourcing and Marketing, encouraged the consumption of kiwis during this dengue season, saying, “Kiwi has many nutrition qualities.” It contains a lot of vitamins E, K, and A, as well as antioxidants and fibre. These nutrients are essential for good health. Kiwi also helps with electrolyte balance and is good for your heart. Kiwi can be used in a wide range of recipes. During dengue season, kiwi is beneficial because it boosts immunity and aids in the formation of red blood cells.”

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