Orange Pickin’

Orange Health Benefits

Ever get the chance to pick fresh oranges straight from the tree? I had the opportunity this weekend, and it was so fun! Not to mention, tasty!

I’m more of an “apple a day” kind of gal, but I definitely have my citrus orange moments. In particular, I love taking oranges or tangerines on my hikes, as nothing’s more gratifying than a sweet juicy orange after an arduous climb up a mountain. It almost quenches my thirst and for that, I will forever heart the orange.

On top of that, oranges offer plenty of health benefits as well. Like, did you know that they:

  • Prevent cancer:
    A compound found in oranges and other citrus fruits, called D-limonene has been found to be effective in the prevention of some cancers such as, skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, mouth cancer and colon cancer.
  • Lower cholesterol:
    One of the most important flavonoids in oranges is hesperidin. Hesperidin and the pectin in oranges have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
  • Lower high blood pressure:
    Studies have shown that a flavonoid called hesperidin and magnesium in oranges can lower high blood pressure.
  • Have cardiovascular benefits:
    Oranges contains dietary fiber, folate, and herperidin, which are directly promotes the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system. Eating an orange a day helps to keep your cardiovascular system healthy.
  • Treat arthritis:
    Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, oranges help in relieving arthritis pain and stiffness of muscles and joints.
  • Promote proper brain development:
    Oranges are a good source of folate or folic acid which helps in the proper development of brain.
  • Keep sperm healthy:
    Orange contains folate, an essential nutrient for healthy sperm and protects sperm from genetic damage that may cause a birth defect.
  • Strengthen immune system:
    The strong content of vitamin C in orange stimulates the production of white cells in our body, thus improving the immune system.
  • Prevent kidney stones:
    Regular consumption of orange juice can significantly reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.
  • Promote weight loss:
    Oranges are extremely low in calories. A medium orange contains just 65 calories, making it a good addition to a healthy diet for weight loss. They also have a high fiber content, which can make you feel full longer, so you eat less.
  • Maintain a healthy skin:
    The antioxidants in orange help protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging.
  • Protect against infections:
    Due to the abundance of flavonoid polyphenols, oranges may help protect against viral infections.
  • Maintain bone and teeth health
    Oranges are also rich in calcium, which helps protect and maintain bone as well teeth health.<\li>
  • Prevent ulcers:
    Due to its high fiber content, oranges also can help protect against ulcers. Studies suggest that eating an orange a day may help prevent the formation of stomach ulcer.

There you have it my friends! Get pickin’!

Reference: http://www.healthonlinezine.info

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