Clementines are characterized nutritionally by their content of vitamins and minerals, making it a food with high nutrient content. Clementines are high in vitamin C, provitamin A (beta-carotene), folic acid, potassium and magnesium. Two clementines a day provide 100% of the Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) of vitamin C. This vitamin enhances the absorption of iron from food and is involved in the formation of collagen. Its deficiency causes bleeding especially from small blood vessels and gums. During pregnancy, breastfeeding and in people who smoke the vitamin C requirements increase. As humans cannot synthesize vitamin C it is essential to obtain it through the food we eat.
Compared to other citrus fruits, clementines have more beta-carotenes. These beta-carotenes are converted in our bodies to vitamin A and with vitamin C they have an important antioxidant function. Antioxidants fight the harmful effects of free radicals, substances responsible for the development of degenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and premature aging of the skin.
The clementine is a source of fibre, essential to stimulate the movement of food through the intestines and avoid constipation. Their high water, potassium and magnesium content helps to replace minerals lost after physical activity.
Apart from being rich in potassium and magnesium they are low in sodium and are highly recommended for people suffering from hypertension or heart disease. The high water content and low sugar content, also make them an ideal food within any hypocaloric diet as they provide many nutrients and few calories. Clementines are an ideal fruit for children, thanks to their mild sweetness, low acidity and their high percentage of juice, lack of seeds and the ease of consumption.
In short the nutritional and preventative properties of clementines make them a good choice for everyone.
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