Did you know citrus is one of the most nutrient-dense groups of fruit? Read below to see why I selected this nutritional powerhouse to be our featured superfood all month long!
- Antioxidant - Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system. Because your body cannot make vitamin C, it must come from the foods you eat everyday. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals in the body, which may help prevent or delay certain cancers and heart disease and promote healthy aging.
- Immune Health - Feeling a cold common on this season? Though it may not keep you from catching a cold, there is evidence that high doses of vitamin C may decrease the length of cold symptoms by as much as one to one-and-a-half days for some people.
- Vegetarians and Vitamin C - Vegetarians may be especially interested to know that vitamin C helps the body better absorb non-heme iron, the kind from plant foods such as beans, spinach and quinoa. To get this benefit, combine vitamin C-rich foods with iron-rich plant foods in the same meal. For example, combine black beans and salsa or create a flavorful spinach salad with strawberries and mandarin oranges.
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