12.14.2011

Wellness Wednesday: Oranges

We all know that the orange is rich in vitamin C which can help the immune system, but did you know that this little fruit is also beneficial for:

1. Rich in fiber - The fibres in oranges are good for the digestive system and relieving constipation. Fibres also reduce cholesterol which is helpful in preventing atherosclerosis. Fibres are also good in keeping the blood sugar levels in control.

2. Cardiovascular health - The high content of Vitamin C, flavonoids and phytonutrients in citrus fruits reduce the risk of heart disease.

3. Blood pressure - Magnesium and a flavonoid called hesperidin in oranges help regulate high blood pressure.

4. Blood and oxygen - Oranges are rich in Iron and Vitamin B6, essential in the production of red cells in the blood, which carry oxygen from lungs to cells. Oranges also help prevent lung cancer.

5. Bones and teeth - Oranges are also rich in calcium, associated with a healthy bone structure and teeth.

6. Skin health - Antioxidants in oranges protect the skin from cell damage and free radicals, having anti-aging actions.

7. Lower cholesterol - Besides the fibre intake, oranges also help in reducing cholesterol through synephrine, an alkaloid found in orange’s peel. Antioxidants also contribute to the reduction of cholesterol.

8. Folate intake  One orange provides about 10% of the necessary daily folate intake. Folic acid is helpful in skin health and brain development.

9. Immune system - Vitamin C stimulates the production of white cells in our body, thus improving the immune system.

10. Kidney health - Regular consumption of oranges significantly can significantly reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.

11. Prevent ulcer - Vitamin C is efficient in preventing stomach ulcer.

12. Viral infections Mostly due to the abundance of the flavonoid polyphenols, oranges protects against viral infections. So, try to eat as much oranges in the flu season (like now)!

13. Preventing other diseases Oranges are helpful in preventing several other diseases, like: arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, rheumatism and diabetes.

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