Citrus fruits contain many antioxidants that can prevent health problems. According to a scientific paper, these foods have benefits for blood pressure and heart.

Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants called flavonoids, which are part of a broad group of phytonutrients, chemical plants, with more than 6000 types. Phytonutrients combined with carotenoids are responsible for the colors of fruits and vegetables.

There are different groups of flavonoids, including anthocyanins, flavonoids, flavones, flavanones and isoflavones. Flavanones, such as hesperidin, eriocitrin and eriodictyol, are abundant in citrus fruits and are associated with decreased oxidative stress in animals and in vitro models.

“Our results indicate that in the future we can use the flavanones to prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans,” said Paula Ferreira, a student involved in the research.

The researchers presented the results of the study in 252 ° National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) . The staff of the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) studied the reaction of 50 mice with favanonas found in oranges, lemons and limes.

It was noted that improved citrus damage found in liver, caused decrease in glucose levels and blood lipids. The study suggests that consuming these fruits contributes to avoid the causes of chronic diseases related to obesity.

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