Citrus Juice | Vitamin C Packed
Vitamin C, despite its well-known benefits, may still be underrated. The good thing is, delicious and refreshing citrus juices are readily available for your consumption.
With the threat of a novel coronavirus, we need to continuously look for ways to keep ourselves healthy. By making sure we incorporate healthy food and drinks in our diet, we help our body in its fight against diseases. With the aim not only to boost our immune system and to feel refreshed, we love to drink citrus juices.
What Vitamin C Does
According to Andrew W. Saul from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, the powerful antiviral effect of vitamin C is well-established. Some 80 years back, large doses of vitamin C or ascorbic acid were able to save the lives of many polio victims. This was even documented in one medical paper written by Fred R. Klenner.
Furthermore, physicians have shown for years that large doses of vitamin C can prevent and treat respiratory infections. Dr. Robert Cathcart, who used high doses of vitamin C to treat his patients, stated that he had not seen any type of flu that was not cured or significantly improved by massive doses of vitamin C.
In addition, Dr. Linus Pauling, recipient of the Nobel Prize Award in Chemistry in 1954 and the foremost authority on vitamin C, said that vitamin C decreases the risk of getting certain types of cancer by 75%. Other benefits of vitamin C include aiding in the absorption of iron; keeping the teeth, gums, and bones healthy; and giving strength to blood vessels.
Citrus Fruits in the Philippines
Some citrus fruits are abundantly grown in the Philippines. In addition to their vitamin C-rich juice, they have other uses and health benefits.
- Calamansi has been utilized as an immune booster for ages. It’s known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Aside from squeezing the fruit for its refreshing juice, calamansi is used as a condiment, bleaching agent, body odor eliminator, meat tenderizer, and others.
- Key lime (Dayap in Tagalog) is native to Southeast Asia but it found its way to other parts of the globe. In fact, it’s more popular as the main ingredient of key lime pie, an American dessert. Its juice is also used for syrup, marinades, and garnishing drinks and dishes. Key lime juice is high in fiber, potassium, and magnesium.
- Orange (Dalandan in English) fruit is usually eaten fresh and can be mixed in salads. The juice can be served fresh or made into smoothies or shakes. It’s also used to prepare savory and sweet dishes, baked goods, and cocktails. The fruit has iron, calcium, phosphorus, other nutrients, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Pomelo is similar to grapefruit but sweeter. It has a variety of vitamins and minerals. The fruit is said to have days’ worth of vitamin C, making it an excellent immune booster. It’s eaten fresh and can be added to salads.
- Tangerine or mandarin orange (Dalanghita in Tagalog) is also a good source of the vitamin B complex, potassium, and antioxidants. The tangerine fruit and peel can be eaten. Its dried peel has been used in Chinese cuisine, teas, and herbal medicine to treat infection, improve digestion, and others.
With these options of citrus fruits, you can now build your resistance to infection while enjoying your beverage. It also does not hurt that vitamin C is water-soluble, so there’s no need to worry about overdose.