Mandarins are little segments of bright citrus flavor suitable for salads, vegetables, main dishes and of course desserts.
Mandarin refers to the bright orange robes worn by the mandarins, public officials of the ancient Chinese court.
These delectable fruits were often reserved strictly for the privileged class in the Far East, another distinguishing reason why they are called mandarins or mandarin oranges today.
Although cultivated for over 3,000 years in China, mandarin oranges did not reach Europe and North America until the nineteenth century.
The first mandarins to be exported were shipped from the city of Tangiers in Morocco, hence the moniker tangerines.
This citrus fruit has a number of health benefits like preventing cancer and weight gain.
Potassium and calcium play a vital role in the condition of blood. Potassium helps to stabilize blood pressure.
High potassium intake, especially when sourced from fruits and vegetables, helps prevent hypertension. Calcium plays a vital role in blood clotting while magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure. This supports better cardiovascular health.
Mandarins help to manage cholesterol levels in the body. This is achieved by the antioxidants in the fruit which lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood. High levels of cholesterol endanger your health in various ways. Free radicals are able to oxidize cholesterol.
This causes cholesterol to cling to the walls of the arteries. It restricts the smooth flow of blood and contributes to high blood pressure. The risk of stroke and coronary heart diseases increases in such conditions. A high build-up of fatty acids also leads to liver disease.
Mandarins are important source of fiber. Fiber rich foods keep the stomach full for a longer period of time and reduce the desire or need to eat more food, assisting in weight loss.
Doctors have found that eating mandarin oranges benefits to lower insulin, thus instead of storing sugar and converting them to fats, it uses it as a fuel that leads to weight loss.
Vitamin C present in Mandarin is very good for skin both when consumed internally and applied topically on the skin.
Regular intake of mandarin juice makes the skin glow and improves the skin tone to a great extent.
The antioxidants present in Mandarin protect the skin from harsh UVA rays and help the skin to resist the damage caused by the sun and free radicals. It also reduces the sign of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes.