Here are more healthy reasons to have a serving of citrus every day. Eating citrus can: Calm a cold. Loading up on citrus and vitamin C won't prevent colds, but high doses of C (400 to 500 mg) may shorten the duration and lessen the symptoms.
Protect your heart. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are rich sources of flavonoids. The predominant flavonoid in these fruits - hesperidin - is credited with boosting "good" HDL cholesterol and lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Boost weight loss. Naturally packed with water and fiber, citrus will help you stay full and satisfied, but grapefruit may have a decided advantage, according to a 2006 Journal of Medicinal Food study.
When researchers put volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal, the grapefruit group dropped an average of 3-1/2 pounds (compared to just 1/2 pound for the apple group).
Prevent cancer. Limon-oids, a special class of antioxidants in most citrus, may help guard against colon, lung, breast, skin and stomach cancer.
Help you reduce sodium. Both citrus and salt enhance flavors, so skip the salt and add a spritz of citrus juice instead to keep dishes lower in sodium.
An interesting side benefit from citrus is their clean fresh smell. Another wild way citrus messes with your mind: It could make you nicer. According to another Psychological Science study (with a similarly fun title: “The Smell of Virtue”), researchers found that people exposed to a citrus-scented space acted more charitable and more virtuous to others than people in an unscented room.
So the next time you need to convince yourself to finally take care of the bathroom or kitchen, peel an orange to get in the mood to scrub. Or try a citrus-scented diffuser for all-the-time inspiration. A clean house really can get you a clean conscience.
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