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Citrus fruits are not only juicy and delicious, they also offer a multitude of benefits to your health. Oranges, grapefruits, and lemons contain immune-boosting vitamins and antioxidants to prevent diseases, disorders, viruses, weight gain, and overall health problems.

Here at the Arizona Orange Company we pride ourselves in offering the finest, freshest and most delicious citrus fruits available. Our selection of navel oranges, pink grapefruit, red grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, limes, and mixed citrus crates are handpicked and packed. We are happy to offer low prices and 3-day shipping from the time you place your order, right to your door! Our customers rave about the best navel oranges coming from our Arizona citrus groves, as well as rave about our other great products.

Eating Citrus to Prevent Serious Diseases and Disorders

Citrus for Health

Citrus fruits have been shown to decrease the severity of, reduce the risk of, and slow the progression of serious afflictions. Increasing your citrus intake has been proven to prevent cardiovascular disease, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, certain types of cancers, some birth defects, and anemia.

This is accepted in the medical field, due to the fact that a diet should be low in fats and cholesterol, and rich in fruits and vegetables. High fiber content, antioxidants, Vitamin C, and increased hydration helps with cardiovascular function, cholesterol levels, and much more.

Groups that are likely to benefit from high citrus consumption include smokers, alcoholics, post-surgery patients, individuals with burns, fractures, or fevers, critically ill patients, children, elderly, and most every individual! Diet and health is directly related, and nutritionists and health professionals are recommending a diet high in citrus more and more to make for a balanced diet with many benefits. Just a few are outlined below.

Vitamin C

Citrus Fruit

One medium-sized orange has more than 100% of the daily-recommended dose of Vitamin C. Consuming Vitamin C in its natural form, rather than in a capsule or powder form, by eating citrus is great for your health. It has been shown to decrease the symptoms and longevity of the common cold and the flu.

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a crucial water-soluble vitamin in the human body. It can be found in all types of oranges and other citrus an it aids in the formation of collagen, which makes up much of the connective tissue in the body. This means that increasing citrus intake, and Vitamin C, makes for stronger ligaments, tendons, skin, blood vessels, and bones. Ascorbic acid in oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and citrus has been shown to improve healing time for wounds and for quicker tissue repair in the body.

Stress and anemia is caused in part by the body’s inability to absorb iron. Vitamin C is essential in the process of absorbing iron, and by increasing your intake of Vitamin C can lower your stress levels, prevent anemic symptoms, and reduce the length and symptoms of the cold and flu.

Eating Citrus to Lose Weight

Citrus fruits are naturally loaded with water and fiber, which helps you feel full and satisfied for a longer period of time than a salty or sugar-loaded snack. Grapefruit, according to a study done by the Journal of Medicinal Food, has been shown to aid in weight loss. Eating just one-half of one grapefruit each day paired with your regular exercise plan has shown to aid in weight loss, with study participants showing an average of 3 times more pounds lost over a 12-week period than participants who did not eat grapefruit!

Citrus fruits are highly recommended to those individuals concerned with obesity, over nutrition, and diet-related chronic diseases. Medical professionals recommend citrus as a very ideal component of a well-balanced, low-fat, low-sodium diet.

Increased Energy from Eating Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits contain many nutrients, with the main energy-yielding ingredient in the form of simple carbohydrates. These include sugars including fructose, glucose, and sucrose, and also contain citric acid, which has been shown to provide energy. These nutrients help to slow digestion and absorption that makes one feel full longer, with less need for snacking, and also helps maintain blood glucose (or sugar) levels. This aids in snacking less, having more energy, and keeping blood sugar and even cholesterol levels at an even keel.

Citrus fruits are packed with dense nutrients that are excellent sources of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and many vitamins and minerals. With great-tasting, low-priced, quickly shipped citrus available from the Arizona Orange Company, there is no excuse to deprive you and your family and friends of this Arizona-grown fruit. A citrus fruit a day can truly keep the doctor away! With positive effects on weight, diseases, disorders, illnesses, nutrition, weight loss, energy, hydration, and more, adding delicious and nutritious oranges, lemons, grapefruits, limes, and more from our Arizona groves is too good to pass up!

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