What are Citrus Fruits?


You know what citrus fruits are – oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangerines, pomelos, etc. – your mom probably always made you eat a citrus when growing up. You probably liked how some of them tasted, and maybe there were a few citrus fruits that you didn’t really like much, but were made to eat by your mom because of their health benefits.

Yes, everybody likes citrus fruits. They are diverse, delicious and refreshing and great for your health. They are highly recommended by doctors because they contain compounds called flavonoids that are known to have anticancer properties.

Citrus fruits are excellent antioxidants that are known to neutralize free radicals. They fight heart disease; improve blood flow through the coronary arteries and ensure that the arteries do not form blood clots. Citrus fruits prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol, which ensures that there is no formation of artery plaques.

Citrus fruits are extremely rich in vitamin C, and are excellent sources of folate and thiamin. Vitamin C is an extremely powerful antioxidant that protects the body against any damage caused by free radicals. Citrus fruits are considered essential for the synthesis of the collagen for this reason. Vitamin C IS very effective at healing wounds and binds blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bone together. Folate is absolutely essential for cell division and synthesis of the DNA. Thiamin is a B vitamin which plays a critical role in regulating metabolism.

Most people, when they think of Vitamin C, naturally associate its benefits with citrus fruits. Citrus fruits have always been associated with Vitamin C. Citrus fruits also contain niacin, foliate, potassium, thiamine, fiber as well as other critical vitamins and minerals that are essential for the smooth functioning of the body.


Vitamin C plays a very important role as it builds the body’s immunity and its ability to fight the onset of an infectious disease. When you eat citrus fruits on a regular basis, it does wonders for your body – it cures any wounds that you may have faster and does not allow any harmful germs to wreck havoc on your internal organs.

It has been a common observation of many that taking citrus fruits on a daily basis really does help to prevent common diseases such as cold, cough and flu. That’s because citrus fruits contain an abundance of medicinal and nutritional properties, which offer an excellent cure for many ailments or illnesses. Citrus fruits are known to contain vital oils that are used in cosmetics and perfumes as well.

What are the different types of citrus fruits?

There are several different fruits that are included under the citrus fruit category. Given below is a list of ALL citrus fruits that you can get in a supermarket or an organic food store. All the citrus fruits listed here are nutritious and are very effective at preventing almost any sort of disease.

Types of Citrus Fruits:

  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Ugli
  • Sweety
  • Tangerine
  • Tangelo
  • Grapefruit
  • Leech lime
  • Kumquat
  • Pomelo

Oranges are perhaps the most popular citrus fruits. They have excellent health benefits and are capable of fighting scurvy and other dangerous health conditions that are caused because of vitamin C deficiency. Lemons are used widely to add taste to varieties of dishes. Lemon juice has always been popular. Lemon has the ability to provide pain relief. Indeed, application of lemon is known to reduce the pain caused when someone has been stung by a bee.  Lemon is known to prevent heart disease as well.

Citrus fruits contain iron as well and having citrus fruits is believed to increase the body’s capacity to absorb iron better. That’s why citrus fruits are recommended to those who are anemic or suffering from iron deficiency. Citrus fruits are also recommended to those who have problems with their eyesight, such as cataract – which is common in older people.

Pregnant women are given a plenty of citrus fruits as well, as it ensures that their baby stays healthy. Taking citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, limes, tangerines and leech lime is known to improve their resistance to viruses, germs and bacteria.


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