OKAY, BUT WHY IS IT SO GREAT?
Where do we even begin? Vitamin C (an antioxidant) is pretty much your immune system’s best friend (or one of them, we don’t want to speak on your immune system’s behalf). It’s a superstar year-round, but especially comes in handy during cold and flu season. And it’s pretty great when it comes to your skin, too. Vitamin C promotes the production of collagen, which gives skin strength, elasticity, and helps wounds heal. Just about the only thing vitamin C can’t brag about? It’s not produced naturally by the body. Yet another reason to eat citrus on the reg, if we do say so ourselves.
SOME OTHER FUN FACTS:
- Vitamin C might play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease*
- It may be associated with a lower risk of getting certain types of cancer. And while no single food can protect you against cancer on its own, the research surrounding citrus is certainly encouraging1*
- Don’t exactly identify as a carnivore? Good news: vitamin C helps you absorb iron from plant foods*
- Because of its role in collagen production, vitamin C may be beneficial for those recovering from surgery*
THE HEAVY HITTERS
If there was a vitamin C hall of fame, our citrus varieties would have their own special wing. They’ve got plenty of vitamin C to go around, and you better believe they’re proud of it.
*American Heart Association
*National Institutes of Health
1 Development of cancer depends on many factors. Eating a diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables, foods that are low in fat and may contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber, may reduce your risk of some cancers. Grapefruit, a food low in fat, are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A.