ITis very important to have a healthy diet, especially when we are pregnant or feeding and taking care of older kids also, as it needs a lot of energy and strength. A good balanced diet at all times is a Must, especially if we are concerned about pregnancy and diet that helps the mother and growing baby in getting good amount of energy and nutrients. Today i will be discussing about health benefits of Citrus Fruits, So, lovely mummies, lets have a look on how these fruits can help us in maintaining a good healthy life. These fruits are acidic exotic fruits which have been valued throughout the world because of their nutritional value and taste and a very healthy option for growing kids and pregnant mums.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE: As you all know that these fruits are highly rich with Vitamin C (which plays a key role in collagen formation), as far as Orange is concerned, do you know that only one orange contain enough Vitamin C that we need for one whole day, isn’t it great. But nutritional value of citrus fruits doesn’t end here, there are loads of other beneficial vitamins and nutrients as well, that benefits our bodies from boosting immunity to fighting against diseases and infections. These nutrients are Carbohydrates (main energy producing nutrient), Potassium, Folate, Vit B, Magnesium, Phosphorous, and Copper and many other nutrients that have anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant properties. Along with all these beneficial nutrients, these fruits have a list of some incredible health benefits if we take them in our daily dietary routine.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: these fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C which strengthens the immune system
WEIGHT LOSS: If you fancy loosing your weight and looking smart yet healthy, then citrus fruits are the best choice to add in your daily regimen as they can help losing weight by providing amazing flavour without calories with a huge fiber content in them.
HEALTHY HEART: Many nutrients and vitamins in these fruits can benefit our heart by improving the cholesterol levels and lowering the blood pressure. Soluble fibers and flavonoids may improve cholesterol levels and also works as strong anti oxidants hence lowering the chances of hypertension and heart failure.
PROTECT AGAINST CANCER: According to many studies done, certain elements like flavonoids act as antioxidants and also have protective properties against a variety of cancers.
PROTECTION AGAINST KIDNEY STONES: Citrus fruits may help lower the risk of kidney stones caused by low citrate in urine by increasing its excretion through urinary system.
BRAIN HEALTH: Flavonoids in Citrus fruits helps in boosting intelligence and brain function by preventing it from neurodegenerative disorders.
TREATING ANEMIA: As, folic acid and folate helps in production of red blood cells, Vitamin C helps in absorption of iron in our blood and body cells.
BEAUTY: Apart from all health benefits mentioned above, we should not ignore the fact that citrus fruits are actually one of the best beauty boosters Nature has given us. Citrus fruits have alot of benefits for our skin as these fruits freshen, moisturize, exfoliate, rejuvenate, lighten the skin tone and skin freckles and spots, these fruits keep your skin healthy, smooth and elastic as it is the key component in Collagen production.The citrus fruit juice will cleanse and unblock pores and Vitamin C, zinc & antioxidants are best not only for treating acne but also for anti-wrinkle skin treatment and prevent skin sagging. Oranges contain Vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant that helps to heal and rejuvenate the skin as well as good for our scalp hence helping our hair to grow healthy and also make our nails shiny.
So, after knowing al these amazing goodness in Citrus fruits, we should include them in our daily food. Like, you can eat oranges and grape fruits etc. just by cutting them into pieces and slices or you can squeeze out their yummy juices to drink, what about lemons, well, we can make different type of lemonades like just squeeze our a lemon in a glass of water and add tiny bit of salt, sugar n ½ pinch of black pepper and mix it well or just mixing lemon juice in water with a couple of mint leaves or what about yummiest freshly squeezed orange juice, well all these juices are very nutritious and energetic.
Lemons and oranges are widely use in baking, curries and pickles and we can also consume these fruits in a mixed-fruit salad. Whatever way we eat/drink citrus fruits, these are not only mouth-watering but also what a great health booster Nature has given us, isn’t it…
So, Mummies if you are pregnant and curious about your pregnancy and diet, or a super busy mum with breast feeding and school going kids and toddlers at home, then make Citrus fruits “A Must” in your diet plans for the whole family. You will be amazed to see the visible healthy benefits you see after regular consumption of citrus fruits.