Tangy, zesty fruits can do wonders for the health of your body, skin, hair and even your emotions

Not only do citrus fruits taste delicious they have some powerful benefits for general health and wellbeing.  They can help build the body’s resistance to fight against disease and infection making them a valuable part of your diet all year around.  But it’s the cooler winter months when the dreaded cold, flu and lurgy can hold us back from living life to the full that we particularly want to increase the intake of fresh oranges, lemons, grapefruits and tangerines.

Honestly though, the best part about citrus fruits is not their delicious taste but the benefits that fill them to the brim. This brightly coloured bunch of fruits have health benefits from boosting your immunity to fighting cancer.  They stimulate the body’s resistance to fight against diseases. A glass full of any freshly squeezed citrus fruitjuice can make you healthier on the inside and out.

As well as being a good source of Vitamin C, citrus fruits also contain an impressive list of other essential nutrients including potassium, calcium, folate, niacin, vitamin B6, thiamin, phosphorous, copper, magnesium, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, a variety of phytochemicals, glycaemic and non-glycaemic carbohydrate (sugars and fibre), and a variety of phytochemicals.  In addition, citrus contains no fat or sodium and, being a plant food, no cholesterol.  Here are some of the beautifying skin, hair and health benefits of citrus.

Skin Benefits

The Vitamin C present in these juicy fruits kill bacteria and other pathogens present on the skin’s surface, leaving the skin clean and fresh. Additionally, when Vitamin C is incorporated into quality skincare products the skin benefits from this super powerhouse of antioxidants resulting in welcome anti-aging effects.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) plays an important role for collagen production and is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals.  This makes Vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health by repairing damaged cells and protecting new ones.  Dietary and topical Vitamin C have some truly beneficial effects on the skin.

How it helps your Emotions

As well as being highly nutritious, citrus fruits are also well known for their fresh and overwhelming fragrance. They hold a special space in aromatherapy because of their delightful and uplifting fragrance and their effect on the mental and emotional systems. Orange, Mandarin, Lemon and Lime Essential Oils are therefore popular in the beauty and health industries.  Well-known for their uplifting and worry-reducing properties, the citrus oils carry cheerfulness while simultaneously calming your mood. The balancing effect on the mind and body and their warming and joyful qualities, make citrus oils particularly suited to the whole family.   WILDHEART [wellbeing] use only 100% Pure Essential Oils in their ecoluxe natural skincare range, bringing you the added aromatherapy benefits in the BELIEVE IT Balancing Hydration Mist containing a sweet blend of Mandarin Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lavender Oil, Grapefruit Seed Oil and Vetiver. C THE CHANGE Vitamin C Cream is rich with Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, beautiful Organic Oils and fragranced with a balanced blend of 100% Pure Mandarin Essential Oil and Lemongrass Oil.

Benefits to your Hair

Vitamin C is one of the most effective nutrients to help grow and strengthen hair.  It helps build collagen which is highly important for hair and nail growth and for maintaining the strength of both.  Vitamin C also plays a necessary role in absorbing iron which is important for healthy hair follicles and a well-formed hair shaft.  When your iron levels are depleted you can experience fatigue and weakness and can develop anemia.  This certainly won’t help you look and feel vibrant or energized!

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As well as upping the anti on citrus fruits in your diet, look for quality natural, safe haircare products that are free of toxins and high in vitamin and mineral content for beautiful, luscious locks.

Whether they’re freshly squeezed, added to salads, made into a yummy fruit salad or added to your hot herbal tea … lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are zesty favourites all year around.