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Benefits of citrus fruits
Citrus fruits have long been valued as part of a nutritious and tasty diet. They add an interesting and tangy taste to our diet and are full of vitamin C. But apart from much hyped vitamin C, there are many other important ingredients too.

Citrus fruits are a top source of vitamin C, amongest them are oranges, lemons, sweet lime and grape fruit. Our body needs vitamin C to produce collagen, the important structural component of tendons, ligaments and blood vessels, this is also required for healthy brain function.

Vitamin C in citrus fruits are useful for fat metabolism and for cholesterol metabolism, if you lack vitamin C then you can have the potentially fatal disease called 'scurvy'. This diseases is characterized by hair and tooth loss, bleeding and bruising easily and joint pains. These symptoms are due to weakening of blood vessels and connective tissue which contain collagen.

Vitamin C also enhances absorption of iron into the blood vessels. It was also found in a research study that regular intake of citrus fruits reduces the risk of stroke, especially among women. Citrus fruits are rich in flavonoids which may protect against stroke. The beneficial nutrients present in the Citrus fruits helps in lowering the level of bad cholesterol in the body and keeps your cardiovascular system healthier.

An antioxidant present in the citrus fruits helps in fighting the free radicals in the body and keeps the immune system healthy and decreases the risk of cancer. Folate present in the fruit is good for pregnant ladies and reduces the birth defects. A diet rich in Vitamin C can reduce the risk of developing cataract, reported indiainteracts. 

The phytonutrients in the Citrus fruits are present in the white pulp and pith of citrus fruits, so it is better to eat the fruit rather than drinking it to get more health benefits. Citrus fruits are also rich source of carbohydrate, folate, potassium, phytochemicals and contain vitamin D for the extra energy boost. It is an ideal replacement for power drinks. So go and grab some citrus fruits and reap the advantages out of it.


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