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.

Vitamin C. So much vitamin C.

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 encouraging*
  • 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.

Three Navel oranges on an orange background

Navel Oranges

 

One full Cara Cara orange, a sliced in two one and a wedge another one on pink backgorund

Cara Cara Oranges

 

A lemon sliced in two on a yellow background

Lemons

 

One full grapefruit on a pink background

Grapefruit

 

Close up of a full and a sliced in two blood orange on a red background

BLOOD ORANGES

 

A pile of Mandarins on a golden background

SUNKIST DELITE® MANDARINS

 

MINNEOLA TANGELOS on an orange background

MINNEOLA TANGELOS

 

*American Heart Association
*National Institutes of Health