Do you know sweet, juicy, and colourful, citrus fruits can give us a much needed dose of sunshine? Popular for their flu-fighting properties, they are already an important part of our arsenal when it comes to boosting our immune system. However, the full extent of their benefits on our health remains unknown to many, which is a shame!
Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, citrus fruits have a lot to offer. They help our bodies get rid of free radicals. As their popularity for fighting cold and the flu indicates, citruses are packed with vitamin C. They also offer a host of other vitamins and minerals such as B-vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, and dietary fibres. These nutrients along with the various types of antioxidant compounds found in citrus perform important functions that are protective against diseases and support our health.
Citrus fruits contain a high amount of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant whose consumption is linked with a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk. They also improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood pressure.
Another upside to flavonoids and the numerous other antioxidant compounds found in citrus is their anti-tumour properties. Consuming oranges, limes, and lemons is a good way to protect yourself against gastric, breast and colon cancer, and lung tumorigenesis to name a few.
Studies indicate that citrus juice improves cognitive functions and prevent cognitive decline in older adults. These effects are due to the flavonoids antioxidants found in citruses. These compounds fight free radicals and protect our brain cells from inflammation-caused deterioration, as is the case in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Thanks to the conjoint action of antioxidants and fibre, citrus fruits are a great ally when it comes to regulating our blood glucose levels. Due to their role in starch digestion, flavonoids compounds are able to prevent hyperglycemia while also improving insulin sensitivity.
Considering their amazing health benefits and how delicious they are, it is a no-brainer to make citruses a part of our diet.