Citrus is a staple to tropics dwellers and is known for its ability to prevent colds. Well, actually, there’s not much data that backs up that bit up. But there are so many other benefits of the sweet and tart fruits that we can’t think of a single reason you shouldn’t go out and stock up right now! Here are some of our favorite reasons to get your daily dose of citrus:
Carbohydrates and Fiber
Citrus contains simple carbs, or sugars, as well as complex carbs, or fiber. Fiber is found in the thin membranes that hold segments together and this fiber slows digestion in the body and delays gastric levels. According to MyFitnessPal.com, one cup of citrus (segments, not juice) contains about 15% of your daily fiber needs. The carb count in citrus makes it an excellent pre-workout snack.
Vitamin C is a key nutrient to a strong, healthy body. Getting a proper amount of Vitamin C correlates with the formation of collagen, which is essential for strong ligaments, tendons, dentin, skin, blood vessels, and bones, according to a study by Christine Economos of Tufts University School of Nutrition.
Getting sufficient Vitamin C also helps your body to absorb iron and heal from anemia, a deficiency that leaves sufferers feeling tired and lethargic.
Helps Prevent Disease
Citrus and other highly nutrient, Vitamin C dense fruits and vegetables are linked to the prevention of diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer. Citrus fruits help to lower bad cholesterol, or LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Studies also show that these foods have a protective effect on the body against cancers.