Summer and citrus seem to go hand-in-hand. You spend a long day in the hot sun only to cool down with a refreshing glass of lemonade. It quenches your thirst like aloe vera on a sunburn. You can’t imagine drinking anything else.
Summer will be here sooner than ever if we stay quarantined all spring. So let’s touch-up on our citrus facts before summer sun hits in full force.
Citrus fruits tend to have a tart and juicy fruit with pulp and a bitter rind. They include fruits like lemon, orange, grapefruit, and lime. They are also segmented, which makes them much easier to eat.
The fruits in the citrus family all share a similar nutrient profile. They are very good for health and longevity. They contain a surplus of vitamins and minerals.
Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C. This is mainly what they are known for: keeping you from getting sick.
But did you know that vitamin C has a ton of other benefits, like improving memory and focus, repairing cells and improving iron absorption? This makes vitamin C a crucial part of diet, and citrus fruits are the perfect place to get them.
You may have also noticed that citrus fruits are very pulpy. This pulp isn’t the best addition to juice, but it is a great source of fiber.
Fiber helps the body to absorb nutrients. It also plays a role inn reducing blood sugar levels and feeding your body’s microbiome. Your microbiome is an extremely important “organ” in your body. Without non-digestible food fiber, these bacteria will not survive. They can keep your immune system healthy and your digestive system running smoothly.
Citrus fruits are also great for the skin. The vitamins in citrus help to build collagen in your skin cells. Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity.