“Orange strengthens your emotional body, encouraging a general feeling of joy, well-being, and cheerfulness.” – Tae Yun Kim
orange fruit contains an impressive list of
essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals for normal growth and
development and overall well-being
Oranges where first grown in southeast Asia, northeastern India and southern China and were first cultivated in China around 2500 BC.They are a tropical to semitropical, small evergreen flowering trees growing to about 5 to 8 meters tall. Evergreen means they produce flowers and fruit all the same time.
benefits of oranges
Nutrients in oranges are
plentiful and diverse.
The fruit is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or
cholesterol, but is rich in dietary fiber, pectin,
very effective in persons with excess body weight. Pectin, by its
action as a bulk laxative, helps to protect the mucous membrane of the
colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by
binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Pectin has also been
shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing its
re-absorption in the colon by binding to bile acids
Oranges, like other citrus
fruits, is an
excellent source of vitamin
C (provides 53.2 mg per 100 g, about 90% of DRI); Vitamin
C is a powerful
natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the
develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge
harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood.
Orange fruit contains a
are flavonoids found in citrus fruits. Naringenin is found to have a
bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical
scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator. This
substance has also been shown to reduce oxidant injury to DNA in vitro
studies. Total antioxidant strength (ORAC) of oranges (navel variety)
is 1819 µmol TE/100 g.
Oranges also contain very
good levels of vitamin A,
other flavonoid antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin,
These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A
is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and
is essential for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in
flavonoids helps the body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
It is also a very good
source of B-complex
vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are
essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to
Orange fruit also contains
a very good amount
of minerals like potassium and calcium. Potassium is an important
component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and
pressure through countering sodium actions.
Citrus fruits, as such, have long been valued for
their wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. It is
scientifically established that citrus fruits, especially oranges, by
virtue of their richness in vitamins and minerals, have many proven
health benefits. Moreover, it is now beginning to be appreciated that
the other biologically active, non-nutrient compounds in the citrus
fruits such as phyto-chemical
antioxidants, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber helps in
cutting risk for cancers, chronic diseases like arthritis, obesity, and
coronary heart diseases.
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