What Are The Health Benefits Of Oranges?
Oranges really don’t need an introduction; most people have either had an orange slice, or had a glass of orange juice at some time or another.There's a vast array of different orange oriented products on the market, from multiple different foods, sweets, and drinks, to various cleaning solutions and fragrances.
Most of us know Oranges for its awesome source of Vitamin C, but did you know that oranges are much more beneficial for us than just being a good source of vitamin C?
FACT – 25 billion oranges are grown each year in America
FACT – Did you know that the color orange came from the orange fruit
Brief history of the Orange
Oranges’ have been around for several thousands of years, they originated somewhere in Asia in the southern part of China. Oranges were introduced to Europe around 15th century by traders coming into that region. It wasn’t until the late 15th century that they were introduced to Caribbean region by Christopher Columbus. He brought seeds with him on his 2nd voyage and introduced them to the natives of those islands.
Prior to the 20th century, oranges were rather expensive and rarely feasted on outside of the wealthy circles. Oranges were primarily eaten around holidays and other special occasions. As time went on, the cultivation process became much easier, and as more trees were planted, the availability became more widespread, drastically lowering the prices of oranges.
So besides vitamin C, what else makes oranges so good for us?
The benefits of eating oranges
- vitamin C
- vitamin B
- vitamin A5.8%
Oranges have an excellent source of PHYTONUTRIENTS compounds. These compounds make oranges an excellent source of antioxidants and a fighting force for positive health. The notion that oranges have a lot of Vitamin C is also very true.
Did you know that Just one orange supplies almost 120% of your daily vitamin C required intake?
Oranges have the ability to help protect against free radicals, and keep your cells healthy. Studies have actually been found that show that drinking a glass of orange juice is actually more beneficial than taking Vitamin C alone.
How could this be?
Researchers have found that the Vitamin C alone is not solely responsible for its benefits. The chemical matrix found within the orange juice help to give the body more of its benefits than it would by itself.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING ORANGES
ORANGES FOR HEART HEALTH
Oranges have over 175 different phytonutrients and somewhere around 50-60 flavonoids in them. This makes it awesome for anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as blood clotting inhibiting properties. It has been said that too receive these benefits, you should drink at least 1 large glass of orange juice daily.
ORANGES FOR CANCER
The citrus, phytonutrients, and antioxidant benefits all play a role in cancer prevention. They help to reduce free radicles and chronic inflammation. Various cancers have been reduced, and by supplementing at least once a day with an orange or some orange juice, you can cut your chances of getting different types of cancer by 40 percent.
Oranges, Cholesterol and Weight Loss
Oranges are actually a great source of fiber, fiber as you know can help to boost your metabolism, as well as help you to maintain health LDL levels within your body.
This is in part to the fructose that is within the orange, it helps to keep your blood sugar levels in balance after eating them. The fiber helps to keep you feeling fuller longer, therefore you won’t get any urges to eat more, plus they’re very low in calories and great for you in general.
Oranges and kidney stones
A study was done on the effects of orange juice and kidney stones. The findings we astonishing, they found that those who drank at least a liter a day actually reduced the size of kidney stones within their bodies. This is due to the increase in urinary PH value and citric acid excretion, it helps to also drop the risk of forming calcium oxalate stones within your body.
- Prevents stomach and other various sorts of cancer
- Prevents ulcers
- Great for respiratory health and the treatment of infections
- Effective against gastrointestinal disorders
- Great for colds and flus
- Effective against Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Effective against internal infections
- Great for an energy booster
- Mood enhancer
- Memory benefits
It’s no surprise that oranges are awesome for us, be sure when you do get your oragnes, that you get them from a local vendor, or an organic one. Be sure if you pick up some orange juice, to get quality organge juice.
Picking up some orange juice at a dollar store isn’t the same as getting fresh organic orange juice. Be sure to also look and see if the juice container says 100 percent orange juice on it, some vendors will only put a small percentage and add a bunch of garbage as added fillers.
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