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6 citrus fruits that improve your health

Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruit and etc.) are excellent source of vitamin C that improves the immunity system, but also offer many other health benefits.

They are a good source of fibers

Oranges have 2.3 grams while tangerines have 1.6 grams of fiber. The average amount (for women) is about 25 grams per day. What is more important, two-thirds of the fiber in the citrus fruits are soluble, which results with lower cholesterol and regulate the level of glucose in the blood. The remaining fibers which are not soluble improve the work of the digestive system.

Are good for the heart

Citrus fruits contain flavonoids, plant compounds that improve hearts health. Studies have shown that red grapefruit that is rich in antioxidants helps reducing the “bad” cholesterol, as well as the level of triglycerides in the blood. But if you take medication to lower cholesterol you should avoid grapefruit because it can reduce their effect.

They are rich in potassium

When you mention potassium, probably the first thing you remember are the bananas. Citrus fruits are also rich with this mineral that is important for the regulation of fluids in the body, the balance of minerals, as well as muscle contractions. By eating foods rich in potassium, the risk of stroke can be reduced by 21%.

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