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When Life Gives You Lemons…

…squeeze them and make some lemonade! This yellow fruit is super sour, but it also comes with its share of sweet benefits. And so does the rest of the citrus squad: Oranges, grapefruits, limes and their lesser known cousins like kumquats, satsumas, and yuzu. They never fail to add some tangy flavor and bright color to your lemonade, salads, or tarts. But more importantly, they’re boasting with health promoting benefits. *

When thinking about citrus fruits, the first thing that probably pops into your head is vitamin C. It’s best known for contributing to the normal function of the immune system, so make sure you are well supplied during flu season. We know, catching a cold is hard to imagine in the middle of this summer heat wave. But just like a summer body is made in winter, a winter immune system is made in summer, so reach for that OJ (orange juice 😉)! Vitamin C also contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of gums and teeth.

Citrus fruits pack plenty of other important nutrients too, including natural bioflavonoids, provitamin A, and selenium. Just like vitamin C, this trace element contributes to the normal function of the immune system. It also contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, which can be caused by factors like sun exposure, smoking, smog, or stress.

Bioflavonoids are named after the Latin word for “yellow”, as these nutrients are the reason for the pigmentation of some foods. In 1936, Nobel-prize winning scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi, who also played a pioneer role in vitamin C research, discovered them. He originally named this group of nutrients “vitamin P”. Until today, thousands of different flavonoids have been classified, each one coming with unique benefits. They are often found in foods that are also sources of vitamin C.

You see, these bright-colored fruits can help to protect your body all year round. And if tangy and sour is not quite your thing, remember all the goodness from citrus fruits and then some is also packed in our FitLine Zellschutz Antioxy. This nutritional supplement contains citrus extracts rich in natural bioflavonoids, vitamin C, provitamin A and selenium. Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system. In addition, the NTC supports optimum nutrient intake and the powder dissolves into a drink with a fresh and fruity orange flavor.   

What’s your favorite member of the citrus family? Tell us in the comment section!

 

*This article merely provides tips on how to use your diet to help support your immune system. None of these foods or suggested nutritional supplements will guarantee a healthy immune system. If in doubt, you should always seek advice from a doctor.

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