Yes, citrus fruit, which includes orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime, is known to be a great source of vitamin C, but that’s not all.
These juicy, colorful fruits are full of good-for-you nutrients and are one of the best ways to boost the flavor and nutrition in your juices.
I’m always talking about how lemons and limes in particular can help elevate the taste of your juices, but oranges, tangerines, mandarins and more can also help make great-tasting juices.
Here are 4 unexpected facts about the benefits of citrus:
1. The Citrus & Iron Combo
Want help absorbing more iron in your diet? Try adding more citrus. When you pair citrus fruit with iron-rich foods like leafy greens, it helps the body maximize on the nutritional benefits.
2. Good For the Heart
Citrus offers plenty of flavonoids, which are plant compounds that can help promote heart health. In fact, scientist found in one study of patients who had undergone bypass surgery that red grapefruit helped lower their “bad” LDL cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels.
3. How Vitamin C Helps
It's no secret that citrus offers a healthy dose of vitamin C, but it’s worth noting that this vitamin may not prevent colds. Instead, research does suggests it can reduce the duration and severity of them and support immunity in general.
4. Hydration Boost
Many citrus fruits are high in water content. For example, both oranges and grapefruits are made up of more than 85 percent water. Consuming plenty of water-rich foods such as citrus can help you stay hydrated and feeling great.
So this year, while you are working to drink and eat the rainbow, be sure to include citrus fruits as part of your daily routine.