Yuzu 101: Nutrition, Benefits, Recipes and More

There is limited research available on yuzu, but some of its health-promoting properties seem to be linked to its calming citrus scent and high vitamin C content.

One of the biggest benefits of yuzu is that it is a rich source of antioxidant vitamin C. “A 3.5-ounce serving of fresh yuzu juice contains 59% of the daily value of vitamin C,” explains Olivia Wagner, RDN, an integrative and functional dietitian based in Chicago with Liv Fed LLC.

Vitamin C in your diet is vital for the functioning of the immune system and it promotes collagen production, adds Miyashita. Collagen is a type of protein that is found in abundance in the skin, muscles, bones, tendons and other body tissues, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Low levels of collagen can cause wrinkled skin, stiffness, weakened muscles, joint pain, or gastrointestinal problems.

Yuzu offers many other antioxidants, which can help neutralize harmful free radicals and reduce inflammation that contributes to disease.

The citrus scent of Yuzu may also have some benefits when used in aromatherapy. A randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in June 2017, found that women with PMS who inhaled yuzu scent for 10 minutes experienced decreased tension, anxiety, anger and fatigue in a way similar to the effect lavender (the controlling scent).

Researchers believe this happened because the smell increased the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (also known as the “rest and digestion response,” which helps calm the body after stress).

Keep in mind, however, that this small study only involved 17 participants.

Another study, published in November 2021 in Biosciences, biotechnology and biochemistry, found that the smell of yuzu can reduce feelings of fatigue and improve focus, productivity and energy levels.

Researchers believe that the scent can also have an uplifting effect on the nervous system.

An important note about the above studies: “All of the research is looking at specific compounds in yuzu and yuzu extract, without consuming the fruit independently,” says Wagner. Overall, studies on this topic are limited, so more research is needed to confirm the health benefits of yuzu.

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