According to the Department of Agriculture, calamansi is one of the most important fruit crops grown in the country. It’s often used as a condiment, and dishes like pansit canton, chicken inasal, arroz caldo, and inihaw na baboy would be incomplete without it. Combined with soy sauce or patis, it becomes a basic sawsawan for fish, lumpiang shanghai, and dumplings.
But in my opinion, calamansi is best served as a beverage.
Ever since I was a child, my mother would make calamansi juice every single day for me to drink. One reason was that we had three healthy calamansi trees in our garden, with fruits always ready for picking. But it was more than just a surplus of calamansi that motivated her to squeeze out those tiny fruits and turn them into juice—she knew that calamansi is filled with numerous health benefits.
Here are the top health benefits of drinking calamansi juice.
1. Protects from flu and the common cold
Loaded with minerals and essential vitamins, calamansi juice boosts the body’s resistance and helps prevent flu and common colds. It’s especially rich in vitamin C, which is essential to building immunity against bacterial and viral infections.
2. Aids in weight loss
Calamansi juice is legendary in folk medicine for its positive impact on weight loss. Like many lime and lemon-based juices, calamansi juice has the ability to boost your metabolism and eliminate toxins in your body that contribute to fat storage.
By increasing your metabolic speed, calamansi juice improves passive fat-burning throughout the day. It also detoxifies your body, helping your organ systems to run more smoothly, aiding in calorie burning. This is why many people drink a glass of calamansi each day to achieve their weight loss goals.
3. Improves respiratory health
Having mucus and phlegm can be an annoying and uncomfortable experience. The strong level of citric acid in a calamansi drink is considered to cut through mucus and phlegm, where infections often live and propagate. This also soothes inflammation in the throat and respiratory tracts.
4. Promotes collagen production
Vitamin C is a vital element in collagen production, which is the compound needed to create each tissue in the body. Calamansi juice can deliver a burst of ascorbic acid that will facilitate your body’s growth ability, as well as repair damage from illness, injury, or surgery.
If you can’t make your own calamansi juice at home, there are plenty of alternatives on the market that provide the same health benefits.
One of the brands I’ve tried is the premium calamansi juice from Sir Jess PH. The refreshing drink has a good amount of minerals and vitamins that helps me get through the dreadful flu season every November.
Although Sir Jess PH is based in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, they can ship their products nationwide. For Bacolod residents, you can simply head over to their restaurant or order through Foodpanda.
Other Uses of Calamansi: Skin Care
Calamansi is such a versatile fruit that it can even be used as an active ingredient in skincare. Here are some ways to incorporate calamansi into your skincare routine.
To lighten dark patches
Cut the fruit into two halves and carefully remove the seeds. Rub the fruit halves on the darker parts of your body such as knees and elbows. If you have dark spots or old scars, scrub the juice on those sections as well. Wash off the juice with lukewarm water after 30 minutes.
To remove dark spots on the face
Squeeze out fresh calamansi juice and dip a small cotton ball or a cotton bud into it. Apply the juice on the dark spots on your face. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.
To achieve healthy, glowing skin
Add a teaspoon of calamansi juice to two tablespoons of milk. Apply this mixture all over your face and body. After 7-10 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water.
Don’t use calamansi on your skin every day as it’s not meant to be a daily skincare ingredient. For best results, repeat the processes above two to three times a week.
Calamansi has always been a part of Filipino cooking recipes because of its distinct sweet and sour taste. But the wonders of calamansi aren’t only limited to improving kitchen recipes. It may be small in size, but it’s definitely big in health and skin care benefits.