Citrus flavonoids are also antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and may protect against heart disease. Studies show that citrus flavonoids may improve blood flow through coronary arteries, reduce the ability of arteries to form blood clots and prevent the oxidation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which is an initial step in the formation of artery plaques.

Citrus fruits are also high in Vitamin C, and are good sources of folate and thiamine. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals. It is also required for the synthesis of collagen, which helps wounds heal and helps hold blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bone together.

Citrus pulp also contains beta- carotene, which is converted by the body into Vitamin A, as well as small amounts of vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3 ,B-5 , B-6 and E. It also contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, which may improve brain function, heart health and bone strength. Citrus fruit additionally provides small amounts of copper, iron, manganese and zinc. Lemons uniquely offer sodium, chlorine and sulphur.