The orange is one of the most common and popular fruit. It is well-liked because it is easy availability all year round, dense nutrition, and it tastes good.
Oranges have many health benefits. They are rich in Vitamins C and A, flavonoids, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber etc.
Oranges have more than 60 flavonoids and 170 phytonutrients that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and anti-oxidant properties.
Dietary fiber in oranges helps in stimulating digestive juices and relieves constipation.
There is a high amount of vitamin C which protects the cells from damages by free radicals. Liminoid, a compound in oranges helps to prevent cancers like oral, skin, lung, breast and colon.
The iron and Vitamin B6 in oranges help in the production of hemoglobin and increase the oxygen carrying capacity. They also purify the blood.
Regular intake of orange juice prevents kidney diseases.
It also reduces the risk of forming calcium oxalate stones in the kidney. But take the juice in moderate amounts, otherwise it can cause the decay of bones and teeth.
Oranges are effective in both preventing and treating certain diseases like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis and rheumatism.
An orange a day is sufficient for a man to keep his sperm healthy. Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, protects sperm from genetic damage that may cause a birth defect.
The strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.
No doubt oranges have many health benefits, always remember to eat in moderation. Excessive consumption of any citrus juices can leach calcium from the body system, causing decay of the bones and teeth.
Although we often don’t eat orange peel in significant quantity, it is good to know that citrus peels contain some oils that may interfere with the effects of vitamin A.