In citrus fruits, whose season in the northern hemisphere lasts from December to April, are: lemon, lime, orange, tangerine and grapefruit, as well as many of their varieties. This fruit is very tasty, but also very healthy.
They are rich in vitamins and minerals
Citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C which strengthens the immune system and makes the skin smooth and elastic. One medium sized orange meets your daily needs for this vitamin. Citrus fruits contain other important minerals and vitamins, such as B complex vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and copper. Also, they have more than 60 types of flavonoids, carotenoids and essential oils, which act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
A good source of fiber
Just one cup of slices of oranges provides 4 g of fiber (recommended daily dose is 14 g per 1,000 calories that you enter). The fibers improve the health of the digestive system and help you lose weight.
They have few calories
1 small tangerine = 35 calories, 1 orange medium size = 62 calories, half red grapefruit = 52 calories, half yellow grapefruit = 39 calories, lemon juice = 12 calories.
Reduce your risk of kidney stones
One type of kidney stones is caused by low levels of citrate in the urine. Citrus fruits (as well as many other types of fruits and vegetables) may raise the level of citrate in the urine, thus lowering the risk of certain types of kidney stones. This fruit is a natural alternative supplements of potassium citrate.
They are good for the brain
The flavonoids from citrus fruit operate anti-inflammatory, protecting the nervous system from neurodegenerative diseases, such as, above all, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Are healthy for the heart
Several ingredients of citrus fruit has a beneficial effect on the heart, soluble fiber and flavonoids that lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and increasing HDL cholesterol.