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Amazing health Benefits of Kumquat

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Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges are renowned all over the world because of their tart flavor and health benefits. However, there is a delicious and nutritious citrus fruit that you likely haven’t heard of before: kumquats.Kumquats possess either a yellow or orange hue, resembling small, oval oranges with a sweet yet tangy flavor and a hint of bitterness. What sets kumquats apart from citruses, however, is the fact that both the skin and zest are sweet and can be eaten. The rind, flesh and even the pips are edible, although some people prefer to remove them.When you open a kumquat, you will notice that there are miniature juicy orange-like segments called arils that stick to each other and the peel.

Kumquats are said to be native to the southeastern parts of China, although they can be found in the following areas as well:

North and South Korea

Southern Pakistan

Taiwan

Middle East

Japan

U.S., particularly in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and California

These fruits grow in small-sized evergreen trees that are slow-growing, shrubby and compact, reaching up to 2 to 3 meters in height. The tree’s branches are light green and become angled while young, but they can also either be thornless or possess a few spines. Lastly, the trees bear sweet, fragrant and small white flowers with dark green leaves.

Kumquats’ Amazing Health Benefits

Kumquats are a low-calorie fruit, with 100 grams of fresh kumquats only containing 71 calories. These fruits are rich in nutrients such as:

Antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E)

B vitamins (thiamin, niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid)

Flavonoid antioxidants like carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin and tannins

Minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc

Don’t forget to eat the kumquat peel as well, since it’s particularly rich in antioxidants and fiber, as well as essential oils like limonene, pinene, a-bergamotene, caryophyllene, a-humulene and a-muurolene. All these nutrients play a vital role in developing some of the health benefits that kumquats have, such as:

Assisting with collagen synthesis and wound healing

Possessing anti-viral and anti-cancer activities

Helping in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis and diabetes

Helping with iron absorption from food sources

Regulating digestive health

Helping with the elimination of constipation, excess gas, bloating and cramping

Eliminating and counteracting free radicals from the body

Functioning as co-factors for metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins and fats

Boosting the immune system

Assisting in stimulation of new cell growth

Helping protect the body against foreign invaders, infections, bacteria and fungi

Helping optimize insulin and glucose balance in the body

Nourishing hair and teeth

Increasing energy levels

Improving skin health

Building strong bones

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