Anticancer and health protective properties of citrus fruit components

Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2002;11(1):79-84. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-6047.2002.00271.x.


Accumulated evidence from experimental and epidemiological studies indicates that there is a low risk of degenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cataract, stroke and, in particular, cancers in people with a high intake of fruit and vegetables. This protective effect is assumed to be associated mainly with the antioxidant activities of either individual or interacting bioactive components present in the fruits and vegetables, and with other biochemical and physical characteristics of the identified and unknown bioactive components. The implicated bioactive components present in citrus fruits include vitamin C, beta-carotene, flavonoids, limonoids, folic acid, and dietary fibre. A high intake of citrus fruits may reduce the risk of degenerative diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticarcinogenic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Citrus*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Protective Agents / pharmacology*


  • Anticarcinogenic Agents
  • Protective Agents