Citrus fruits are also high in vitamin C, and are good sources of folate and thiamin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals, thought to inhibit breast cancer. It has now been found in a recent study by the CSIRO, that consuming citrus fruits can also reduce the risk of cancers in the mouth, larynx and stomach by 50%. Eating an extra citrus fruit a day can also reduce the risk of stroke by 19%.
We are all aware about how citrus fruits can help cure the common cold, cough and flu. Not only do they boost your immune system, but also neutralize all the toxins and impurities accumulated. They may also reduce plaque formation in your arteries and improve blood circulation.
How Citrus Fruits Can Help Heal Our Bodies!
To start with, we know that they are high in Vitamin C and can help strengthen the immune system. Tangerines are great to help cure diarrhea, constipation and flatulence. They also act as anti-inflammatory agents.
The largest citrus fruit, the pomelo closely resembles the grapefruit. Pomelos have a thick yellow to green skin, with an interior that ranges from white to deep pink. Pomelos taste sweeter and less acidic than grapefruit.
Lime is an orange-like citrus fruit. It can treat cold, cough, congestion and viral infection. The fruit can prevent lethargy and it useful for treating fever. Since it is rich in Vitamin C, the fruit can help in preventing gum diseases. External application of limejuice on skin helps in treating skin diseases such as lines, dark spots and pimples.
Orange juice has the highest nutrients value among all the citrus fruits. Folic acid in orange juice is highly beneficial for brain development and spinal cord. Drinking of orange juice helps to minimize the impact of type II diabetes and atherosclerosis. The flavonoids like hesperidin, and naringenin are acting as anti-inflammatory products and good for arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.
This large subtropical fruit known for its slightly bitter and sour taste is called a grapefruit as it grows in clusters like grapes. High in enzymes, water content and having less sodium, grapefruit helps accelerate weight loss. It also helps in cancer prevention, boosts immune levels and aids digestion. It is rich in vitamin B, magnesium, iron, folic acids, manganese, calcium and potassium.
Oroblanco, commonly put into the segment of white grapefruits is rich in natural sugars, dietary fibers and is a great source of antioxidants that prevent free radicals from causing cellular damage to our bodies. It is also sodium free and has a high concentration of beta carotene.
Clementine is the seedless variety of mandarin. A rich source of fiber, Vitamin C and potassium, it is also regarded as an energy booster. Furthermore, it also helps in providing anti-oxidants to the body and helps in weight loss and in improving vision.