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Orange Fruit Health Benefits
Oranges are widely grown in subtropical and tropical climates. The orange, as we know today, is probably a hybrid of a pomelo and mandarin, and it is a type of berry. It is mostly is peeled and eaten to avoid the bitter rind; it can also be juiced. Dry and fresh orange rinds do find their place in certain dishes. There are many species of oranges, namely, mandarin, bitter, trifoliate, and bergamot, all which fall under the citrus genus.
Health benefits and medicinal uses
The health benefits of eating oranges have been known for centuries. The benefits of oranges are not just restricted to the high content of vitamin C in them; oranges are also a good source of beta carotene, a potent antioxidant that prevents free radicle damage, magnesium for blood pressure, potassium for cardio-vascular health, and thiamin for converting food to energy. It is also rich in dietary fiber and contains in folates, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, vitamins A, E and K, and phytonutrients. Here’s a breakdown of some of benefits of oranges.
Orange pith benefits
The orange pith which we discard while eating is rich in fiber, vitamin C, and pectin. These help in reducing cholesterol levels, treating diarrhea, enhancing the immune system, and healing ulcers. Similarly, orange peels are also beneficial to health and orange zest is widely used in cooking.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|