kiwi for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) - source: mintel

October, 2015 – by Food Science


IBS affects many people and the causes may be quite different for each person. Researchers recently identified Kiwifruit extract, ACTAZIN
which uses four-way action to support digestive health and well-being.

actazin green kiwifruit extract verified by non-gmo project

August 17, 2015 – by


Actazin, a digestive health ingredient derived from green kiwifruit, has received certification from the Non-GMO Project as being Non-GMO Project Verified.

kiwifruit to rival prunes & probiotics in digestive health?

July 1, 2015 – by Ewa Hudson, Head of Health and Wellness Research, Euromonitor International


With the high-protein trend gaining, digestive products containing proteolytic enzymes could gain importance.

Fiber and probiotics have long been dominant as natural digestive aids, but now there is a newcomer popping its head above the parapet: kiwifruit, inherently rich in an enzyme that helps the body to digest proteins and an aid in alleviating constipation. The high protein trend may finally give the kiwifruit the push it needs to enter the realm of mainstream digestive health products.

keep it moving: a digestive system breakthrough

June 9, 2015 – by Fred Pescatore, M.D., Logical Health Alternatives


I know this isn’t exactly the sexiest topic to discuss, but it’s one of the most common problems among my patients, especially women. And it shouldn’t be ignored … I’m talking about constipation.

Not only is it simply annoying and uncomfortable when it happens from time to time … when it’s left unchecked, chronic constipation can lead
to more serious problems.

Let’s face it … people always feel better when they have moved their bowels daily. And, from a medical perspective, daily bowel movements are
a necessity. It’s critical for removing toxins from the body and to help expel metabolic waste. Including excess estrogen.

I firmly believe that one of the reasons so many women suffer from breast cancer is because many are chronically constipated. And this is just one of MANY potential benefits to regular bowel movements.

actazin kiwifruit extract for inner health

May 1, 2015 – by Giellepi, Nutrafoods, Volume 14 No.1


The composition of the gut microflora has been found to play important roles in human health and disease. Some polysaccharides, which are slow or non-digestible by humans, are considered as prebiotics because they are selectively fermented by gut bacteria resulting in specific changes in the composition and/or activity of the gastrointestinal microbiota, thus conferring benefit(s) upon the host’s health.

Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) have been found to enhance gut health by easing constipation, promoting laxation and modulating colonic microbiota. They represent an important source of dietary fibre promoting the adhesion of microorganisms as probiotics to intestinal epithelial cells and subsequent colonization. Some dietary fibre is resistant to digestion in the upper digestive tract and can reach the colon largely intact, where it is broken down by microbial glycosidases to liberate oligo- and mono-saccharides, which are further metabolized by the microbiota ultimately to result in a mixture of organic acids, including short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are a major source of metabolic fuel to the colon.

kiwifruit-derived supplements may boost bowel health
for healthy people: rct data

April 15, 2015 – by Stephen Daniells


Daily consumption of supplements containing kiwifruit-derived nutritional ingredients may increase bowel movements in healthy individuals,
says a new study from New Zealand.

Four weeks of taking supplements containing Actazin or Gold kiwifruit-derived ingredients increased daily bowel movements by more than one bowel movement per week, wrote researchers from The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited and the University of Otago.

growing futures: kiwifruit extract for gut health

by The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd


There is increasing demand for products that benefit human health which, combined with consumer preference for products based on natural produce, presents a global opportunity for the functional food market. A key target is digestive health, and products based on fruits and vegetables which are scientifically-proven to support the health of the human gut are highly sought.

ACTAZIN™, developed by Anagenix Ltd and launched in 2011, is a digestive health ingredient derived from kiwifruit. In addition to a number
of other bioactive components, ACTAZIN contains resistant material that has a prebiotic effect, feeding the ‘good’ bacteria naturally found in the human gut, balancing the digestive system and supporting the body’s immune system. It is sold to natural supplement manufacturers in several countries including the USA, Australia, Canada and Europe.