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Know the health benefits of eating winter fruit ‘kinnow’

Rich in vital minerals and vitamins, it will help you keep fit and healthy.

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

Kinnow is a winter fruit rich in vital minerals and vitamins. Though it’s the fag end of winters and market is flooded with the fruit, its demand hasn’t withered.

Kinnow a hybrid between king Mandarin X Willow leaf orange produced by H.B. Frost in 1915 and released in 1935 was introduced by Dr J.C. Bakhshi at Abohar research station during 1954. Now, this is being cultivated throughout North India and even in other citrus growing states. Store them in your refrigerator for easy snacking or add them to salads and juices for a burst of sour sweetness.

All the impressive health benefits of orange can be attributed to the nutritive content of kinnow fruit. The popular and delicious citrus fruit is considered as one of the healthiest fruits because of its wide range of health benefits which include its ability to boost immunity, reduce signs of aging, prevent cancer, boost cellular repair and metabolism, detoxify the body, improve circulation and blood pressure, reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol levels.

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Kinnows have been a staple of eating healthy for thousands of years. Let’s explore the health benefits of this amazing fruit of cold season in detail.

Boosts immune system: Kinnows have been known as a powerhouse of healing properties and one of the richest sources of vitamin C that you can add to your diet. Vitamin C functions as a primary antioxidant in the body and it destroys or neutralizes free radicals before they can do damage to your body. The fruit stimulates other aspects of immune system as well. Vitamin C is one of the fundamental components of collagen which is necessary to repair cells and for the growth of new tissues in the body.

Detoxifies body: Along with vitamin C, Kinnow is also very high in vitamin A that acts as a moderate antioxidant and detoxifies the body by increasing the function of kidneys. Adding enough vitamin A to your diet can prevent night blindness as well as macular degeneration.

Lowers blood pressure: Kinnows have water-soluble plant compound that impacts the activity and functioning of small blood vessels. This can lead to overall reduction in blood pressure and a decreased chance of cardiovascular diseases.

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Increases blood circulation: Kinnows are rich source of folate content. Folate is vitamin B9 that is essential for the creation of DNA and the growth of new cells. Folate keeps cells safe from mutation and builds new red blood cells. It stimulates the flow of blood to the extremities. This supports the overall metabolism of the body and the functioning of all the systems, making them more efficient.

Reduces inflammation: Kinnows are commonly considered as anti-inflammatory agents. They can inhibit the insulin resistance by reducing inflammation, thereby protecting the heart and guaranteeing overall cardiovascular protection.

Balances cholesterol levels: Kinnows have been shown to reduce the presence and effects of bad cholesterol and increase the amount of good cholesterol in the body. Thus they can reduce the chances of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

Anti-aging: Vitamin C acts as anti-aging agent. Kinnows contain it in abundance. Eating them regularly can help combat wrinkles due to aging.

Start adding kinnow fruit to daily dietary routine and say bye to harmful toxic elements from the body.