Citrus fruits contain phytonutrients like carotenoids and polyphenols (flavonoids), which have antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals and boost the immune system..Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which supports the production of white blood cells necessary to fight off infections. Citrus fruits also contain vitamin A, which also boosts the immune system. Vitamin A supports mucosal immunity and the production of white blood cells.
Below are the five citrus fruits to include in your diet according to health experts.
Adding citrus fruits to your diet will do wonders for your general health and boost the immune system. The minerals and vitamins in citrus fruits enhance the ability to fight against infections and keep you healthy.
Oranges. You can acquire the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C and nutrients required to boost your immune system from oranges.
Not only does vitamin C boost the immune system, but it also helps in collagen production, depletes cortisol levels, prevents cell damage, and helps control blood pressure levels. Add oranges to your diet to have good health.
Grapefruit. Grapefruit contains vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber. Grapes are 88% water. Consumption of grapes will help you feel hydrated. The vitamin C in grapes helps boost immunity and build white blood cells to fight against infections.
Blueberries. Blueberries contain antihistamines that lower inflammation and help boost the immune system. They also contain flavonoids that support body immunity as they have antioxidant properties.
Apples. Apples are a rich source of fiber. The apple peel contains quercetin, a flavonoid that helps reduce inflammation and boost immunity. So, eat your apple with the peel for maximum health benefits.
Pears. Pears contain vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. The pear peel contains flavonoids with anti-inflammatory properties. Boost your immunity by eating the pear with its peel.
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