Orange is the fruit of the citrus species.The fruit of Citrus is considered a sweet orange, whereas the fruit of the Citrus aurantium is considered a bitter orange.
Oranges are round citrus fruits with finely-textured skins that are, of course, orange in color just like their pulpy flesh; the skin can vary in thickness from very thin to very thick. Oranges usually range from approximately two to three inches in diameter.
Orange has over 150 different phytochemicals and more than 30 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant effects.
Orange contains vitamin C, fiber, folate, vitamin B1, potassium, copper, pantothenic acid and calcium.
Health benefits of orange:
Cancer: Recent news from researchers has confirmed that oranges can play an important role in preventing cancer. Citrus fruits have been found to contain numerous known anticancer agents—possibly more than any other food. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, consuming oranges, orange juice and bananas, in the first two years of life may reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia. As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C, oranges can also help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
kidney stones: A daily glass of orange juice can help prevent the recurrence of kidney stones better than other citrus fruit juices such as lemonade, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered.
Stroke: A research conducted by the American Heart Association prove that eating higher amounts of a compound found in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit may lower ischemic stroke risk for women. Those who ate the highest amounts of citrus had a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least.
Diabetes: Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. Oranges have low calories and can be consumed daily help balance the sugar levels in your blood very effectively.
Lowers Blood Pressure: The Hesperidin and magnesium in Oranges help to control blood pressure effectively.
Skin: The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form (as in an orange) or applied topically, can help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.
Heart Attacks: An antioxidant in orange juice called hesperidin improves blood vessel function and helps lower a person’s risk of heart disease, researchers report.
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