Citrus Fruits

Citrus Fruits

Introduction

Citrus fruits comprise highly acidic fruits rich in vitamin C such as oranges, grapefruit, lemon, etc. These fruits are typically juice laden. The flavonoids present in the fruits impart a characteristic fragrance to these fruits.

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They are mostly consumed in the form of juice and also eaten fresh. Citrus fruits are popular ingredients in jams, pickles and marmalades. Citrus fruits cannot mature once they are harvested. The fruits ripen while still on the tree.

Nutrient Content

Citrus fruits are rich in the following key nutrients:

  • Vitamin – Vitamin C, folic acid,
  • Phytonutrients such as beta carotene, lycopene, flavonoids and D-limonene.
  • Minerals – Potassium
  • Fiber

Health Benefits

The following are the health benefits offered by Citrus Fruits:

  • Citrus fruits detoxify cancer promoting agents from the body.
  • The antioxidants present in citrus fruits prevent formation of blood clots.
  • The abundance of vitamin C strengthens the body against infection by augmenting the chemical messengers called interferon in the body.
  • The folic acid in citrus fruits aids in the development of the brain.
  • The presence of beta carotene prevents cell damage.
  • Citrus fruits, especially orange, are a great enhancer of the immune system strength.
  • Respiration is improved by consumption of citrus fruits.
  • Citrus fruits aid in the absorption of iron by the body and thereby prevent anemia.
  • Consumption of citrus fruits in large quantities reduces the risk of cataract formation.

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