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Kiwi (Actinidia deliciosa, Actinidia chinensis)



Interactions

Kiwi/Drug Interactions:
  • AntifungalsAntifungals: Based on preliminary laboratory data, kiwi may have antifungal activity (15) and therefore have an additive effect when taken with other antifungals.
  • Anti-platelet agentsAnti-platelet agents: Consuming two or three kiwi fruit per day for 28 days reduced platelet aggregation response to collagen and ADP by 18% compared with the controls (P < 0.05) in one study (13). Concomitant use with other agents that inhibit normal platelet function could theoretically potentiate bleeding risks.
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)/other drugs that affect serotonin levelsSelective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)/other drugs that affect serotonin levels: Kiwi has a high serotonin concentration (83). SSRIs alter the levels of serotonin in the body usually by increasing them. Therefore, theoretically, kiwi and SSRIs may have a synergistic effect on serotonin levels.
  • Triglyceride lowering agentsTriglyceride lowering agents: Consumption of kiwi fruit lowered blood triglycerides levels by 15% in one study (13).

Kiwi/Herb/Supplement Interactions:
  • AntifungalsAntifungals: Based on preliminary laboratory data, kiwi may have antifungal activity (15) and therefore have an additive effect when taken with other antifungals.
  • AntioxidantsAntioxidants: Based on preliminary laboratory data, kiwi may have antioxidant activity (21; 84; 10) and therefore have an additive effect when taken with other antioxidants.
  • Anti-platelet agentsAnti-platelet agents: In theory, kiwi may increase the risk of bleeding when also taken with other products that are believed to increase the risk of bleeding (13).
  • LuteinLutein: Substantial amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin (30-50%) are present in kiwi fruit (85).
  • PotassiumPotassium: Theoretically, kiwi may have an effect on the amount of potassium in the body because kiwi is rich in potassium (1).
  • Serotonergic agentsSerotonergic agents: Theoretically, kiwi is associated with an increased amount of serotonin (83). Kiwi plus herbs/supplements that alter serotonin levels may have an effect on the levels of serotonin in the body.
  • Triglyceride lowering agentsTriglyceride lowering agents: Consumption of kiwi fruit lowered blood triglycerides levels by 15% in one study (13).
  • Vitamin CVitamin C: Kiwi may increase the amount of vitamin C in the body because this fruit is rich in vitamin C (1). Based on urinary measurements, vitamin C status improved in athletes supplemented with Actinidia sinensis planch drink in one study (22).
  • Vitamin EVitamin E: Theoretically, kiwi may have an effect on the amount of vitamin E in the body because kiwi is rich in vitamin E (1).

Kiwi/Food Interactions:
  • AvocadoAvocado: Kiwi should be used cautiously in those with a known allergy/hypersensitivity to latex and related substances, as kiwi has been known to have a cross sensitivity with latex allergy (23; 27; 28; 31; 34; 40; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 50; 51; 52; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 60; 61; 62; 2; 25; 26; 29; 30; 65). It is clear that some latex allergens cross-react with plant-derived food allergens, the so-called latex-fruit syndrome, with evident clinical consequences. Although the foods most frequently involved are banana, avocado, kiwi, and chestnut, several others are also implicated (68). Kiwi taken with avocado may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • BananaBanana: Patients with a preexisting allergy to bananas may be cross-allergic to kiwi (69). Kiwi taken with banana may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • ChestnutChestnut: Kiwi should be used cautiously in those with a known allergy/hypersensitivity to latex and related substances, as kiwi has been known to have a cross sensitivity with latex allergy (23; 27; 28; 31; 34; 40; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 50; 51; 52; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 60; 61; 62; 2; 25; 26; 29; 30; 65). It is clear that some latex allergens cross-react with plant-derived food allergens, the so-called latex-fruit syndrome, with evident clinical consequences. Although the foods most frequently involved are banana, avocado, kiwi, and chestnut, several others are also implicated (68). Kiwi taken with chestnut may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • FigFig: Kiwi fruit may be associated with sensitization to Ficus allergens (fig fruits) (38; 41). However, one patient with an allergic reaction to Ficus benjamina, the weeping fig, verified by a skin-prick test did not have a positive skin-prick test when tested with kiwi (53). Kiwi taken with fig may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • FlourFlour: Allergy to kiwi, poppy seeds, and/or sesame seeds often occurs in patients with a simultaneous sensitization to nuts and flour (63). The degree of cross-reactivity among kiwi, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hazelnuts, and rye grain was found to be very high. Kiwi taken with flour may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • MelonMelon: Kiwi fruit may be associated with sensitization to melon (74; 62). Kiwi taken with melon may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • NutsNuts: Allergy to kiwi, poppy seeds, and/or sesame seeds often occurs in patients with a simultaneous sensitization to nuts and flour (63). The degree of cross-reactivity among kiwi, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hazelnuts, and rye grain was found to be very high. Kiwi taken with nuts may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • Poppy seedsPoppy seeds: Allergy to kiwi, poppy seeds, and/or sesame seeds often occurs in patients with a simultaneous sensitization to nuts and flour (63). The degree of cross-reactivity among kiwi, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hazelnuts, and rye grain was found to be very high. Kiwi taken with poppy seeds may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • Rye grainRye grain: Allergy to kiwi, poppy seeds, and/or sesame seeds often occurs in patients with a simultaneous sensitization to nuts and flour (63). The degree of cross-reactivity among kiwi, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hazelnuts, and rye grain was found to be very high. Kiwi taken with rye grain may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.
  • Sesame seedsSesame seeds: Allergy to kiwi, poppy seeds, and/or sesame seeds often occurs in patients with a simultaneous sensitization to nuts and flour (63). The degree of cross-reactivity among kiwi, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hazelnuts, and rye grain was found to be very high. Kiwi taken with sesame seeds may worsen a reaction in sensitive individuals.

Kiwi/Lab Interactions:
  • Phosphate testPhosphate test: One test showed false positive results with kiwi fruit (86).
  • PlateletsPlatelets: Theoretically, the demonstrated anti-platelet activity of kiwi suggests that an interaction with these tests may alter PT time or INR (13).
  • PotassiumPotassium: Theoretically, kiwi may have an effect on the amount of potassium in the body because kiwi is rich in potassium (1).
  • PT/INRPT/INR: Theoretically, the demonstrated anti-platelet activity of kiwi suggests that an interaction with these tests may alter PT time or INR (13).
  • TriglyceridesTriglycerides: Consumption of kiwi fruit lowered blood triglycerides levels by 15% in one study (13).
  • Urine labsUrine labs: Ingestion of kiwi may result in an increase in urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid excretion (87), with no change in platelet serotonin concentration due to kiwi's serotonin concentration (83).

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The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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