I'll be honest, until the other day, I had never eaten a kumquat. I received a huge box of citrus fruits from my aunt in Arizona, and she sent a bag full of them.
Not only are they absolutely delicious, but kumquats are packed with LOTS of health benefits. Read on to learn more!
Kumquats have been shown to help regulate things like digestion, boost the immune system and keep skin, eyes, hair and teeth healthy. They also can help reduce your chances of getting diabetes, lower your cholesterol levels, strengthen your bones and improve nerve health.
SO...What are Kumquats?
Kumquats are small citrus fruits that resemble oranges. They grow on small trees and are usually used in garnishing cocktails, jams, or desserts.
These tiny fruits pack a lot of punch. They include beneficial essential oils as well as fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin C and vitamin A.
Here are 4 Awesome benefits to adding Kumquats to your diet:
1) They Help With Digestion
Kumquats contain lots of healthy fiber which can help keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy. They have been shown to help eliminate constipation, excess gas, blasting and cramping and can even help increase the efficiency of your nutrient uptake.
2) They Balance Insulin Levels
Due to their amounts of dietary fiber, kumquats can help optimize insulin and glucose balance in your body, thereby lowering your risk for diabetes.
3) They Boost Immunity
Kumquats are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed to help stimulate the growth of new cells and boost the immune system to protect your body against infections and illness.
4) They are great for Skin and Eyes
The combination of antioxidants and vitamins in kumquats make them ideal for protecting skin and eyes from cancerous effects of the sun and the negative effects of free radicals. They are also full of beta-carotene which can help reduce oxidative stress in the macular cells, thus helping your eyes stay healthier longer.
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