Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants called flavonoids, which are the largest group of phytonutrients – plant chemicals – with more than 6,000 types.
There are several groups of flavonoids, including anthocyanidins, flavanols, flavones, flavanones and isoflavones. Flavanones, such as hesperidin, eriocitrin, and eriodictyol are abundant in citrus fruits and have been linked with lowering oxidative stress in vitro and animal models.
According to a recent article looking at the health benefits of many foods, citrus fruits may lower ischemic stroke risk, maintain blood pressure, and support heart health.
“Our results indicate that in the future we can use citrus flavanones, a class of antioxidants, to protect or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans,” says Paula S. Ferreira, a graduate student with the research team.
Thais B. Cesar, Ph.D., who led the team said, “This study also suggests that consuming citrus fruits probably could have beneficial effects for people who are not obese, but have diets rich in fats, putting them at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and abdominal obesity.”
August 22, 2016