Sweet, savory, and loaded with vitamin C. What’s not to love about citrus fruits? Citrus fruits includes some of the world’s most known fruit, such as lemons, pineapples, and oranges.
While those of us living in North America link citrus with California or Florida, citrus fruits are actually home to tropical regions in Southeast Asia and Australia. Ancient people enjoyed citrus fruits for food and medicine
Read on to discover what makes citrus so healthy and why we love using lemons, limes, and oranges as a base in Everybody’s Juice cold pressed juice.
What are the Main Benefits of Citrus Fruit?
There are over 50 different varieties of citrus fruit. But all citrus fruits have something in common -- they’re loaded with health benefit.
As most people know, citrus fruits are a rich source of vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C help strengthen your immune system, shortening the length of cold and flu symptoms and bacteria and viral infections.
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that help fight “free radicals,” which are compounds inside the body that build up because of environmental pollutants and inflammation, such as chemicals in processed foods and skincare products and excess drinking and smoking.
Too many free radicals in our system, causes oxidative stress and may lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic ailments. Antioxidants like vitamin C remove free radicals.
Furthermore, citrus fruits are healthy because of their high amount of bioflavonoids. Studies of bioflavonoids have been found to improve blood flow, thereby reducing inflammation. Bioflavonoids can also lower blood pressure, improve liver function, and even reduce wrinkles.
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapples are naturally high in fiber, an important component of a healthy diet that can help improve digestion. While high-fiber foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, most of the fiber in pineapple is soluble. Soluble fiber pulls water to your gut, slowing down absorption. When this happens, your digestive tract is able to absorb all of the vitamins and minerals from the foods you consume. Insoluble fiber keeps you regular and creates soft easy-to-pass stools. Pineapples also have a digestive enzyme called bromelain. These enzymes work to help your digestive system break down and absorb proteins from the foods we eat. Also, bromelain from pineapple can help subdue stomach aches, acid reflux and diarrhea.
Health Benefits of Lemons
Along with vitamin C, lemons are high citric acid to help proper kidney function. Lemons are also a natural source of two plant compounds called hesperidin and diosmin which are vital for lowering cholesterol.
One of the best health benefits of lemon juice is its job to help the body absorb more vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in different foods. Lemon also helps with iron absorption in particular, which helps prevent or reduce anemia.
Health Benefits of Oranges
Oranges can be sweet or sour, depending on where they are grown. But every orange has 100% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C. Oranges also contain vitamin A, calcium, and potassium.
Oranges also provide a natural healthy dose of folate, for child bearing women. Folate is a B vitamin used to make red and white blood cells, manage convert carbohydrates into energy, and produce DNA and RNA. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, which is important for preventing congenital disabilities.
If the body does not get enough folate, a person can develop anemia, leading to fatigue, weakness, and a pale complexion. Without enough folate, a person can also develop a type of anemia called folate deficiency anemia.
Unlike orange juice from big brands, we only use seeded oranges from local farms here in DC. Every orange that makes its way into Everybody's Juice is selected by hand, then cold pressed and bottled. The oranges we use are never powdered, or mixed from concentrate.