They have multiple medicinal qualities and properties, due to its high content on vitamin C, limonoids, flavonoids and citric acid, that gives them its characteristics sour flavour.
Are the limonoids ands flavonoids the ones who gives them their profound aroma, which can be extracted to develop scents and perfumes. These phytochemicals also have multiple medical properties. Their high antioxidant power is proven, and also neutralize free radicals, what stops the development of cancerous cells. But not only this: it also has important anti-inflammatory powers and the capacity to prevent the formation of blood clots, which are responsible of a lot of cardiovascular accidents.
Maybe the more useful element of citrus fruits is their high content of vitamin C, which is always helpful when we have to combat the symptoms of a cold or the flu, being a true ace up one’s sleeve when we want to have a winter without any complications. And for summertime, there is nothing better than a delicious orange juice or a cold lemonade!
Citrus fruits properties to decrease cholesterol
As citrus fruits are composed by active-ingredients like vitamin C, they have the capacity to decrease the cholesterol in the bloodstream. If you suffer of hypercholesterolemia and have to take a special diet, don’t think twice: eat citrus fruits, which will also help you improve your cardiovascular health.
- It helps to capture and eliminate the excess of organic cholesterol.
- It helps to convert cholesterol into biliary acid.
- It helps to neutralize the stress hormones, secreted by the suprarenal glands.
- Reduces the formation of atheromas, a plaque of fats that is placed over the arterial walls.
- Avoids the oxidation of fats.
- Neutralizes the action of free radicals.
- Improves cellular action.
- Reduce the risk of suffering vascular spasms.
- Improves the flexibility of arterial walls.
Other benefits of vitamin C
Vitamin C participates in lots of vital processes, such as the development of bones, gums and teeth, the absorption of iron, the development and reparation of tissues as well as the metabolism of fats, collagen production and cicatrisation.