The Amazing Kiwifruit

The Amazing Kiwifruit

By Dr Iona Weir PhD
Chief Scientist and CEO
Atopis Skincare

 

In my early days working as a Scientist I developed techniques that would allow for high-throughput screening of the DNA and biochemistry of individual cells and applied this to kiwifruit breeding.

This meant that when hybrid seedlings were produced the characteristics of the potential fruit could be identified and quickly ascertained to determine the value of the seedlings. My techniques were used extensively within the kiwifruit breeding program including the gold kiwifruit and kiwi-berries.

This technology was also used to identify the bioactive components within kiwifruit and their efficacy.

 

Of all the fruit, kiwifruit has benefits for the gut and skin that make it a superhero.

Kiwifruit is known as a meat tenderizer and this is due to the protease enzymes which digest protein.

These proteases (which break down the protein in cells) have been shown to increase gut motility (movement), protein digestion and modulate the gut microbiome (Weir et al, 2008).

The kiwifruit extract Phloe I was a part of developing in 2006, is a prebiotic that not only promotes the growth of good gut bacteria, it also inhibits the growth of bad bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. (Weir Patent No. 2015/0037315).

 

Kiwifruit has been clinically shown to enhance protein digestion and improve metabolism resulting in decreased fat absorption, lowered cholesterol and reduction in hunger cravings. (Weir et al., 2018).

Kiwifruit is also a potent anti-inflammatory food if you are not allergic to kiwifruit.

Clinical trials have shown that kiwifruit reduces inflammation of the gut by modulating the gut microbiome and regulating signalling receptors on the gut wall (Weir et al., 2018).

 

Kiwifruit and Your Skin

Kiwifruit is not just amazing for the gut, but also for the skin. Due to the improved digestion and metabolism this reduces excess sebum production and hence acne.

In my later research I discovered that amazingly, kiwifruit also reduces cytokine IL6 in human cells.

Cytokine IL6 is the cellular transduction molecule responsible for the inflammation that causes eczema. (Weir et al., 2008).

A reduction in this cytokine in the body effectively means that we can heal the cause of eczema and at the same time our skin creams soothe and treat the physical symptoms as well – healing the skin from inside the cell and out!

Using the latest biochemistry technique called lipid fractionation technology, I isolated and purified the component of kiwifruit pollen that reduces IL6 and included it in our US patented extract Myriphytase and added it to all of my Atopis skin creams. (Weir US Patent No.  9,877,991).

After I invented Myriphytase, it was clinically trialed in both New Zealand and the USA and shown to help human skin including an improvement in quality of life, an increase in skin quality, a significant reduction in the severity of eczema symptoms, and a decrease in redness, itching, and scaling.

Myriphytase goes into all of our skin creams and like our other 100% natural ingredients, is not made up of mere plant extracts – our scientifically enhanced food grade compounds are clinically shown to benefit human skin.

 

Weir I, Shu Q, Wei N, Wei C, Zhu Y (2018) Efficacy of actinidin containing kiwifruit extract Zyactinase on constipation: a randomised double-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trial. Asia Pacific of Journal Clinical Nutrition: 27 (3) 564-571.

Weir IE (2008) Zyactinase stimulates the probiotic gut microflora whilst inhibiting pathogenic microflora. International Journal of Probiotics and Prebiotics: 3 (4) 231 – 238.

All Atopis skin creams contain Myriphytase – choose your product here:

  • Acne Prone Skin Pack for Acne Prone and Sensitive Skin

    NZD $74.00 NZD $64.25
  • Dry Itchy Skin Pack for Eczema Prone, Psoriasis or Dry Itchy Skin

    NZD $140.00 NZD $105.00
  • Family Pack For Every Skin Type

    NZD $242.00 NZD $181.50
  • Hormonal Skin Program for Acne Prone, Sensitive and Hormonal Skin

    NZD $192.00 NZD $143.00
  • Mature Skin Pack For Sensitive, Dry or Mature Skin

    NZD $183.00 NZD $148.00
  • Perfect Balance Pack For Sensitive, Mature & Hormonal Skin

    NZD $203.00 NZD $168.00
  • Radiant Skin Pack for Sensitive, Hormonal and Mature Skin

    NZD $252.00 NZD $203.00
  • Rosacea Prone Skin Pack for Acne Prone, Sensitive and Rosacea Prone Skin

    NZD $153.00 NZD $118.00
  • Radiant Balance Day Cream 50g – For Hormonal, Sensitive & Acne Prone Skin

    NZD $69.00
  • Anti-Aging Day Cream 50g – For Mature & Sensitive Skin

    NZD $99.00
  • Acne Prone Skin Cream 30g – For Hormonal, Acne Prone & Sensitive Skin

    NZD $29.00
  • Dry Itchy Skin Relief Cream 50g – For Sensitive, Eczema & Psoriasis Prone Skin

    NZD $35.00
  • Thoroughly Gentle Cleanser 125g – For Sensitive, Hormonal, Acne Prone & Mature Skin

    NZD $29.00
  • Revitalizing Toner 125g – For Sensitive, Hormonal, Acne Prone & Mature Skin

    NZD $49.00
Karen’s Journey to Healthy Skin

Karen’s Journey to Healthy Skin

Hi, my name is Karen, and this is my journey to healthy skin.

I’d had acne as a teenager and in my 20’s, but things didn’t get really bad until I was about 34.

My hormonal acne was worse than anything I’d experienced before, and I set myself a mission to heal my skin and any hormonal imbalances that were contributing to my acne.

Many days I was so embarrassed by my skin with huge swollen red pimples all over my face that I didn’t even want to leave the house.

I tried everything.  I was swayed towards natural products at first but when I found that the products I tried didn’t work, I gave up on that and was prepared to try literally anything.

When I say I’ve tried everything, I really mean it.  I’ve tried the “no wash” method where you don’t touch you skin at all, not even with water, for at least 2 months.  I’ve tried the “oil cleansing” method for another couple of months.  I’ve tried lots of different natural products.  I’ve tried over the counter medicines and skin creams. I’ve been on prescription only drugs, ranging from the Pill, antibiotics (big mistake!), and Accutane – the most hardcore acne drug around, according to my doctor.

I found all of the drugs worked in varying degrees, but with in some cases huge side effects.  I had no acne, but my lips and mouth were so dry I could barely talk, my eyes were always dry and red, and basically I hadn’t found a real solution – I’d only covered up one problem and created another.

I desperately wanted clear skin and to be honest when I first heard of Atopis from a friend I wrote it off as just another natural product that probably doesn’t really work.

It was only when I started to read more about their scientific discoveries and inventions that I became interested.

My husband, who has a science background finally had a look at the scientific stuff for me and told me that the Atopis products actually used really different science to any other product I’d used – the fact that he was really impressed with the science was enough for me to take the plunge and buy some products to try.  (It takes a real scientific breakthrough or something special to impress him when it comes to that kind of thing!)

When my first product arrived, the Acne Prone Skin Cream, I put it on my skin straight away.  I could actually see a difference in my skin within the first few hours.  Even my husband commented after a couple of days that my skin was looking a lot better.

A few days after starting the Acne Prone cream, I did experience the breakouts that they talk about.  My skin did apparently need to get rid of a lot of junk that was already in there, and I got a bit disheartened after a few weeks!

I’m so thankful I decided to hang in there though.  A few more weeks later and my skin was looking better than it had for years.  I was still getting the occasional pimple but it was way better than it had been in recent memory.

At this point I got an email saying Atopis had come out with a cleanser and toner, so I decided to go all in and got the cleanser, toner, acne prone cream, and radiant balance (I even got one of their packs with an anti-aging cream and I still use this as my eye cream – it’s lasted ages!).

It wasn’t until I started to use all the products together that my skin showed a really huge improvement.

It must be true that their products work in synergy with each other because that definitely seemed to be the case for my skin.

I don’t wear any make up any more except sometimes mascara or eyeshadow – nothing to cover up my skin.

I never believed this would have been possible before trying Atopis.

Thank you so much to the Atopis team and especially Dr Iona who came up with it all – I don’t know where I’d be without you guys, probably still hiding out in my house!

Take a look at the Atopis skin care products that Karen used to get healthy skin:

  • Acne Prone Skin Pack for Acne Prone and Sensitive Skin

    NZD $74.00 NZD $64.25
  • Dry Itchy Skin Pack for Eczema Prone, Psoriasis or Dry Itchy Skin

    NZD $140.00 NZD $105.00
  • Family Pack For Every Skin Type

    NZD $242.00 NZD $181.50
  • Hormonal Skin Program for Acne Prone, Sensitive and Hormonal Skin

    NZD $192.00 NZD $143.00
  • Mature Skin Pack For Sensitive, Dry or Mature Skin

    NZD $183.00 NZD $148.00
  • Perfect Balance Pack For Sensitive, Mature & Hormonal Skin

    NZD $203.00 NZD $168.00
  • Radiant Skin Pack for Sensitive, Hormonal and Mature Skin

    NZD $252.00 NZD $203.00
  • Rosacea Prone Skin Pack for Acne Prone, Sensitive and Rosacea Prone Skin

    NZD $153.00 NZD $118.00
  • Radiant Balance Day Cream 50g – For Hormonal, Sensitive & Acne Prone Skin

    NZD $69.00
  • Anti-Aging Day Cream 50g – For Mature & Sensitive Skin

    NZD $99.00
  • Acne Prone Skin Cream 30g – For Hormonal, Acne Prone & Sensitive Skin

    NZD $29.00
  • Dry Itchy Skin Relief Cream 50g – For Sensitive, Eczema & Psoriasis Prone Skin

    NZD $35.00
  • Thoroughly Gentle Cleanser 125g – For Sensitive, Hormonal, Acne Prone & Mature Skin

    NZD $29.00
  • Revitalizing Toner 125g – For Sensitive, Hormonal, Acne Prone & Mature Skin

    NZD $49.00