Citrus juice as the name indicates is a highly rich source of ascorbic acid which is more commonly known as vitamin C. Citrus fruit is not only a rich source of vitamin C but it also contains many other vitamins and minerals. Drinking citrus juice is extremely beneficial for human health as it delivers profound effects on the immune system of the body.
Citrus fruits contain precious health effects because they are always full of components that are very important for human health and protect the body from various diseases and viral agents. A 100-gram serving of orange, grapefruit or tangerine has 32 to 53 calories, 8 to 13 grams of total carbohydrates and 7 to 11 grams of sugar. Oranges and grapefruit have low glycemic index scores, which means their natural sugars don't cause a big spike in blood sugar.
Vitamin C is the most important element of citrus juice. It helps in the production of collagen that makes skin healthy and strong. It also adds elasticity and beauty to the skin. It acts as an antioxidant in the body and protects the body from attack of free radicals in the body. The need of vitamin C is different for men and women. A man needs to get 90 milligrams and women should consume 75 milligrams of vitamin C in their daily diet. One can get 53 milligrams of vitamin C from one small orange, 34 milligrams from one-half of a small grapefruit and 27 milligrams from one large tangerine.
Flavonoids are another very important element of citrus juice. Flavonoids are anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agents that protect the body from the harsh effects of viruses and bacteria. At the same time they also support the cardiovascular and nervous systems. A truly amazing nutrient, Flavonoids also help detoxify tissue damaged molecules. Consumption has been linked with a decrease in the risk of certain types of cancers, particularly breast and lung cancer.
A glass of citrus juice per day can do wonders for your overall health. But as well as drinking citrus juice a good way to incorporate it in your diet is to make salad dressings or sauces with citrus juice as the base. Roasted beets work well with orange or grapefruit segments and an orange-juice flavored vinaigrette. Sauté onions in orange juice, add orange segments, a touch of fresh dill and use it as a topping for chicken or fish. All these food combinations are good for human health and packed with vitamin C and flavonoids.
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