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7 Health Benefits Of Clementine

Last updated June 12, 2016

A clementine is a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange. The peel is a dark orange color with a smooth, glossy appearance. They are typically juicy and sweet, with less acid than clementines.


A clementine (Citrus ×clementina) is a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange. The peel is a dark orange color with a smooth, glossy appearance. They are typically juicy and sweet, with less acid than clementines. Clementines are usually grown in Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, and Turkey.

Here are the 7 health benefits of Clementine

1.     Clementine may help you focus, concentrate, and remember better. 

Several components of clementines, such as potassium, folate, and various antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits. Folate has been known to reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Potassium has been linked to increase blood flow to the brain and enhance cognition, concentration, and neural activity.

Also, clementines are packed with vitamin B6. A deficiency has shown depression and nausea. Be sure not to consume too much. The vitamin B6 upper limit is set to 100 milligrams for adults over the age of 18, but adults do not need that much unless directed by the doctor.

2.     Clementines are helpful for pregnant women and their babies.

Clementines are an excellent source of the B-vitamin complex like folate. Folate has shown to help in neural tube formation and red blood cell formation in prenatal babies. A deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can lead to the birth of underweight infants and may also result in neural tube defects in newborns. 

3.     Clementines can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Clementines are packed with potassium and a low content of sodium, which can contribute to reducing the risk of hypertension by helping the blood vessels relax. They are well known because of its high potassium content. A clementine contains 177 milligrams of potassium, compared to zero milligrams of sodium.

4.     Clementines can be heart healthy and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

Fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium have been known to improve the heart’s health. One study suggested that individuals who consumed 4,069 mg of potassium per day had a 49 percent lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared with those who consumed less potassium approximately 1,000 mg per day.

5.     Clementines can help individuals fight infections.

A clementine has 81 percent of the vitamin C daily requirements. Vitamin C is an effective natural water-soluble antioxidant that helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and eliminates cancer-causing free radicals in the body.

6.     Clementines can leave your hair and skin resilient and youthful looking. 

Adequate vitamin C intake does not only help improve the immune system, but the fruit can also create and maintain collagen, an essential protein found in hair and skin. Also, clementines contain vitamin A. Vitamin A has been known to keep the hair moisturized through increased sebum production.

7.     Clementines can improve digestive health. 

Clementines are a great source of fiber and water. The daily recommended dietary fiber intake for men and women are 38 grams and 25 grams, respectively. Dietary fiber can help prevent constipation to making your bowel movement healthier. A small clementine contains 2 grams of dietary fiber.

Additional Resources:

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  3. Dukas, L., Willett, W. C., & Giovannucci, E. L. (2003). Association between physical activity, fiber intake, and other lifestyle variables and constipation in a study of women. The American journal of gastroenterology98(8), 1790-1796.
  4. Houston, M. C. (2011). The importance of potassium in managing hypertension. Current hypertension reports13(4), 309-317.
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  6. Black, M. M. (2008). Effects of vitamin B12 and folate deficiency on brain development in children. Food and nutrition bulletin29(2_suppl1), S126-S131.

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First uploaded: Sept. 2, 2014
Last updated: June 12, 2016