Its the perfect time of year to boost your diet with citrus. The citrus season starts in January and runs into the Spring for most citrus fruits. Fruits like oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes, and grapefruits are an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these wonder fruits that should be a mainstay in everyone’s diet. Here are just four ways citrus fruits boost your daily life.
A good source of fiber and potassium:
Vitamin C gets most of the headlines. Although, the fiber and potassium that citrus fruits provide are equally important to your diet. Two-thirds of the fiber they provide is soluble fiber. This soluble fiber lowers cholesterol. It also helps regulate glucose levels. The potassium punch it gives you is important for fluid regulation, mineral balance, and muscle contraction.
The intake of potassium through citrus has been found to help with health issues. Some like reduce blood pressure, the risk of stroke, and coronary heart disease. That’s just part of the heart-healthy equation. A diet of citrus fruits, especially red grapefruit, provides flavonoids, which are very
beneficial. The plant compounds that have been shown to help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, as well as triglyceride levels. Additionally, research has linked vitamin C to lowering blood pressure and helping to relieve stress.
Weight loss helpers:
The nutritional value of a diet that includes plenty of citrus fruits is undeniable, but they can also help in the fitness department. Because citrus has a high-water content – oranges are 82% water, while grapefruit is almost 90% – they not only help you stay hydrated but also full. When paired with a low-calorie diet and workout plan, they work brilliantly in helping you lose weight because they’re both low in calories and filling to eat due to their concentrated water and fiber content.
Your skin and hair will benefit too:
Vitamin C has the best nutrients for helping to keep your skin looking young because the ascorbic acid helps to regenerate collagen, which maintains the skin’s elasticity. It also helps to prevent pigmentation and UV-induced photodamage and can be either consumed or applied topically to experience these benefits. If that’s not enough, vitamin C also plays a role in strengthening your hair and preventing hair loss, and the acidic nature of lemon juice has even been shown to provide deep cleansing of your scalp while also fighting off dandruff.
Knowing all of this, you’re probably ready to run out and load up on citrus fruits, right? Well before you do that, it’s important to know what to look for when picking out your citrus fruits. Fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, and tangerines. A local farmer’s market is usually the best source of fresh citrus fruit.
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