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Calamansi Juice: the Good and the Bad

Calamansi Juice: the Good and the Bad

December 10 2021

Curious to know what benefits Calamansi juice brings?

  1. Keeps Cholesterol Levels at Bay
  2. Boosts Immunity
  3. Mitigates Acidity
  4. Promotes Collagen Production
  5. Moderates Blood Sugar
  6. Hastens Metabolism
  7. Rids of Respiratory Pains

Calamansi has many alter egos and names—golden lime, calamondin, Philippine lime, or by its scientific name, citrofortunella macrocarpa. With all its names, you’re bound to get confused. On top of this, it is also very similar to other fruits—with regards to taste, smell, and even shape. If you’re not from the Philippines, you might mix it up with Limes, Dalandan, or even Lemons. No need to be discombobulated though, as you’ll know its Calamansi by its small silhouette, green and yellow ombré skin, and extremely sour flavor. You’ll eventually be familiar with it, too, as its extract is a well-loved drink and powdered juice flavor in the Philippines.

Besides having different designations, calamondin also carries various health benefits under its wing. Explore what each glass of Chemag Calamansi Juice offers for your well-being, below.

1. Keeps Cholesterol Levels at Bay

Filipinos are very fond of oily “putok batok” food. Just a few bites can make you feel a tad dizzy from high cholesterol levels. Hence, many suffer from atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. If you’re a part of a lot of people who have an affinity for these types of delicacies, you should pair your meals with Chemag Calamansi Juice. Several studies have shown that its antioxidant properties help to fight free radicals that cause the aforementioned diseases and also assist in significantly lowering cholesterol by keeping your gut away from toxins.

2. Boosts Immunity

Boosts Immunity

Calamansi is popular in Asian societies for one particular reason, and it is that its juice offers a big chunk of Vitamin C. On top of this specific vitamin, Vitamin A, Calcium, and Potassium are also present. All of these help to retain iron in the body and boost immunity.

Taking a glass of Calaman-C allows for better protection against pesky viruses that surely no one wants to live with during the pandemic.

3. Mitigates Acidity

There’s a certain stigma revolving around citrus powdered juices like those from the Philippines. Many jump to the conclusion that consuming such will cause stomach aches from acidity. But did you know that while there’s a reasonable basis for this stigma, Calamansi juice can help mitigate influxes of acid?

Yup! It’s all thanks to the tannins found in the rind of the bright green fruit. It works hard to lower levels of inflammation—as long as it is consumed in moderation. This is especially helpful because gastritis, the disease where the stomach lining gets inflamed, occurs when one experiences acidity. It’s also highly suggested to be drunk hot or warm in lieu of the usual refreshing cold juices.

4. Promotes Collagen Production

Promotes Collagen Production

ICYDK, collagen production is very dependent on Vitamin C—which Calamansi juice is fortunately full of. Collagen is a vital protein in the body that creates and regenerates tissues, strengthens bones, and gives skin that fresh glow. This compound is extremely important for those who are recovering from fractures, injuries, or even aches from diseases such as arthritis.

5. Moderates Blood Sugar

In a 2019 study published under the Biomolecules journal, a compound called isoflavone naringenin was found in Calamansi juice. To veer away from technical terms, the significance of this finding is simply rooted in how Calamansi has the potential to remarkably regulate blood sugar. The fruit helps to moderate the amount of glucose and insulin that enters the bloodstream.

This study has caused an uproar amongst diabetic people as it meant very good news.

6. Hastens Metabolism

Hastens Metabolism

In today’s time, Calamansi is getting a good rep for being a Vitamin C booster. But did you know that this wasn’t the case during the olden times? It was widely used in folk medicine for its weight loss abilities. And this isn’t so hard to believe because the tropical fruit’s family members, limes and lemons, also share the same skill.

The logic behind its slimming ability is that the juice pushes the body to go into fat-burning mode passively. Yes, that means that without even exercising Calamansi extract eradicates calories from your body! This doesn’t mean though that you shouldn’t pair your drink with physical activity. Don’t get it wrong by replacing the exercise with a glass of extract.

Many studies have concluded that people who drank a cup in the morning showed extravagant results in terms of a faster metabolism.

7. Rids of Respiratory Pains

Drinking the extract when you’re dealing with bothersome phlegm mucus helps a lot. For this, the fruit’s high citric acid level can be thanked. It’s not just strong enough to cut through that thick cough of yours, but its anti-inflammatory properties work to ease throats and bronchial tracts that are beaten and bruised by viruses and foreign irritants.

Good vs. Bad

Good vs. Bad

Chemag’s given lowdown on all the health benefits of Calamansi extract. However, it’s good to note that all these yummy goodness is only possible when it’s consumed moderately. Just like with everything else, anything too much is destructive—no matter how good it was in the beginning. No hugots intended!

When taken excessively, over-acidity can occur. This is where the stigma that surrounds Calamansi juice unravels. Due to its high acidity levels, those who are prone to acid refluxes should be wary of controlling their citrus fruit portions.

Calamansi is also known to be a good diuretic—meaning it stimulates urination. Albeit that also translates to gut-friendly properties that keep fat build-up and toxins away, too much of the juice can cause kidney complications.

With all that’s been said, the best course of action when it comes to Calamansi juice is to simply take it easy. Sip and enjoy—in moderation!

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