They are zesty, pulpy, tangy-sweet juice, and their oh-so-refreshing aroma and immense health benefits make them a universal favorite. They include fruits like limes, lemons, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits. From rejuvenating your skin to boosting your immune system, fruits that are rich in vitamin C are so beneficial that even several celebrities swear by them. Not only do they make delicious desserts, salads and juices, but they are also great for your health. If you’re one to eat a fruit a day on a daily basis, choose a citrus fruit for it is loaded with healthy nutrients.
Let’s get an insight into their immense benefits:
1. Great for weight watchers
Why do you think celebrities endorse drinking lemon water early in the morning? That’s because due its low calorie content and being high in water as well as fiber content, they work wonders for weight loss. You will have less cravings for food and sugary items. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons when paired with a low calorie diet, are perfect for weight watchers and the diet conscious.
2. Keeps skin radiant
When it comes to skin health, Vitamin C is on top of the list and plays a pivotal role I bringing that youthful look all thanks to ascorbic acid content. Lemon detoxifies your body and maintains the skin radiance. Orange peels help to exfoliate your skin which makes the skin cleansed and invigorated. The vitamin C in Citrus fruits also help to reduce pigmentation caused by UV induced photo damage.
3. Reduces stress
The vitamin C available in citrus fruits helps to reduce stress and blood pressure by controlling the stress hormones in high anxiety situations. Japanese research showed that linalool, an aromatic compound found in lemons (as well as mangoes, lavender and other fragrant plants), altered blood chemistry and gene activity to reduce stress levels in rats exposed to challenging conditions.
4. Lowers risk of stroke
A study published in 2012 in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke evaluated the eating habits of almost 70,000 women from the Nurses’ Health Study over 14 years of follow-up. It showed that women who ate the most flavanone-mainly via oranges, grapefruits and their juices-had a 19 percent lower risk of blood-clot-related stroke than those who ate the least amount.
5. Improves eyesight
The rich source of Vitamin C in citrus fruits helps to maintains blood vessels of your eyes as well as keep cataracts and age relate macular degeneration issues (the blindness that comes as the person ages). Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that inhibits damage to the body by free radicals and prevents scurvy.
Knowing that these citrus fruits loaded with immense health and beauty benefits, one can safely claim “an orange a day keeps the doctor away”. Go ahead and have a citrus every day to keep health issues at bay.