Sweet, brightly colored citrus fruits bring a burst of sunshine to our diet. Bright, colorful, fragrant, refreshing, and juicy, citrus fruits are not only delicious for their balanced tart and sweet taste, they are also an essential part of everyday nutrition, packing powerful health benefits.
This class of fruits includes lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit, as well as many more varieties.
Let’s look at the reasons why you should be adding more citrus to your plate.
They help give your immune system a boost
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons provide you with vitamin C, antioxidants, and several micronutrients that likely have a positive effect on immunity. Vitamin C also plays a role in protect cells from damage, cell repair, and wound healing.
They are good source of fiber
Research studies show that citrus fruits have positive effects on the digestive system due to their digestion-enhancing properties. Enhanced digestion ensures better nutrient absorption. It also keeps digestive problems, such as acidity, at bay. They may also help relieve constipation, which some people experience after giving birth.
They are hydrating
Citrus fruits have a high water content (oranges are 87% water and grapefruits are 88%). Eating plenty of water-rich foods such as citrus can help you stay hydrated, which is important for quenching your thirst as well as helping you consume enough fluids throughout the day to prevent dehydration and help the body's systems function properly.
They might keep skin looking young
Some research studies note that vitamin C and antioxidants found in lemon juice have skin repairing and protective properties. Besides, lemon juice also has functional properties that might help strengthen the veins. Anecdotally, regular consumption of lemon juice is considered effective in reducing the aging effects.
The acid in citrus fruits can upset baby’s stomach. If you are breastfeeding your baby, always watch your baby to see how he or she reacts. If baby seems particularly upset or uncomfortable, or experiences unusual physical symptoms (such a diarrhea) after you eat citrus, try eliminating citrus from your diet for a while to see if that resolves the problem. (Just be sure to get plenty of vitamin C from other sources, such as dark, leafy greens or strawberries.)