Easy to find year-round at your local market, these bright-colored fruits are packed with vitamins that offer an array of health and skin care benefits. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are packed with Vitamin-C which has well-known skin care benefits. Apart from Vitamin-C, hiding beneath the colorful is a list of health-improving substances – flavonoids, potassium, ascorbic acid, folate, and fiber. Flavonoids are antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and may protect from heart disease. They are also crucial in flushing out toxins and helping skin regain its glow. Studies show that citrus flavonoids may improve blood flow through coronary arteries, reduce the ability of arteries to form blood clots and prevent the oxidation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which is an initial step in the formation of artery plaques. Potassium is a key to combating dry skin and is also thought to be therapeutically useful in many ways, including assisting in the treatment of acne, alleviating allergies and preventing high blood pressure. Folate (often referred to as vitamin B9) is needed by human body to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia.
Citruses improve the immune system
This is no secret, but it doesn’t hurt to point it out once more. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and experts recommend to start your day with hot lemon water infused with honey instead of with coffee or tea. You can even add a bit of turmeric to it. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and potassium, which makes it an excellent fighter against colds. Lemons also aid in digestion and clean toxins from blood, keeping the skin refreshed and clean. You can squeeze a half of a lemon and sip it into a glass of hot water, adding honey to it in the process. But be careful not to use water which is too hot, or else it will reduce the benefits of lemon and honey.
They protect the kidneys
Citrus fruits are packed with folic acid, a type of vitamin B that can help in preventing kidney disease and birth defects in pregnant women. Good kidney health helps the body filter blood, remove waste and regulate the balance of electrolytes. Maintaining balanced levels of electrolytes helps prevent dehydration and dry, dull skin.
They brighten the skin
If you are trying to achieve clear, glowing and blemish-free skin, make sure citrus fruits are a part of your daily diet. If you have sun spots or uneven skin tone, citruses can help with those. Potassium in grapefruit helps to smooth wrinkles and age spots, and provides a protective shield against UV rays, while amino acids make the skin firm and soft.
Ice cubes of citrus fruits help in reducing the size of pores and acne. They also help refresh tired and dull skin. For a simple relief, freeze some citrus juice (lemon or grapefruit will do) into ice cubes, and then apply them to the spot and watch the skin come alive.
Reduce signs of aging
A study in 2007 has proved that individuals who consumed more Vitamin C seemed to have less wrinkles, and less dry skin. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the growth and repair of body tissues. Consumption of citrus fruits delays wrinkles, discoloration, sagging and signs of aging in the skin.
Moisturize skin well
Citrus fruits can help in softening dry and patched skin. The antioxidants in them speed up skin cell turnover and remove dead skin cells. Also, diluted lemon juice works well on tough areas like elbows and knees – apply a generous amount of lemon juice to rough areas, massage them into the skin and rinse off after a few minutes with warm water.
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