There’s no disputing the great advantages of oranges. Aside from being delicious and helping your taste buds, daily consumption of oranges provide a great benefit to the body in multiple ways. It helps in weight loss, makes you feel more energetic and much more active.
Oranges have shown to be beneficial for Asthma patients, reducing symptoms of arthritis, they help prevent kidney stones and lower cholesterol. It also makes you feel better, calmer, makes skin more radiant and strengthens the immune system.
Before describing the numerous health benefits, let’s highlight some known Nutrition facts.
This is for a serving size of 1 cup (around 180g).
Calories 85 (From Fat 2)
Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g)
Total Carbohydrate 21 g (7% of daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet)
Dietary Fiber 4g (17%)
Vitamin A (8%)
Vitamin c (160%)
In case you are like most individuals and have skipped the Nutrition Fact information, let us re-iterate some numbers, Vitamin c 160%. Fiber almost 20% of daily requirements. Filled with antioxidants and Vitamin C make it the best natural cold and flu remedy. Just a single orange provides the body with 100 percent of the required daily values needed for a healthy symptom freestyle.
Take a look at what oranges have to offer.
- Look and Feel Great.
Oranges contain Thiamin, which helps convert food into energy. An Orange or a glass of orange juice can provide you more energy (and keep you awake during those 2 hour morning meetings) than 2 cups of coffee.
Oranges is a great source for Beta-carotene (an antioxidant) that prevents cell damage. Apart from tightening your skin and making you look younger, orange peels are full of natural oils that can keep skin soft and moisturized.
- Stress relief property of oranges.
If the 50 stress relief articles on this site haven’t helped you already, how about oranges? A Commonwealth scientific and Industrial Research on the benefits of Citrus fruits shows citrus foods having positive effects on reducing anxiety and stress levels.
- Healthy heart and a healthy mind.
Folate (Nutrition facts: 14% of daily required obtained) is necessary for reducing risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown that oranges (and other citrus fruits) help lowering your BP (they contain Magnesium that maintains the BP) and protect against strokes and abnormal hearth rhythms (arrhythmia).
Folate (the natural form of Folic Acid) is also crucial for brain development.
- Healthy bones and pain free joints
Oranges are a good source of calcium, which as your 4th grade science teacher mentioned, is the key to strong bones. They also contain provitamin A compound beta-cryptoxanthin that reduce the risk of inflammatory polyarthritis. Xanthophylls (the chemical classification) is shown to prevent symptoms of Osteoarthritis. Not only do they help reduce the risk of diseases, they have been proven to help diminish existing joint pain and discomfort.
Apart from the ones mentioned above, oranges are also a great source of Vitamin A (helps keep your eyes in order), calcium and potassium (helps kidneys, muscles and the digestive system). They are a great source of fiber and are a great source for flavones (which make them an your best friend during a weight loss initiative)
If you want to reverse signs of aging and bust those wrinkles out and at the same time strengthen your immune system and making your inner self as strong as it could. Then the solution is simple. Add Oranges it to your daily diet and see for yourself, they are healthy and very tasty (definitely beats the fish-oil type multi-vitamin tablets). After all beauty isn’t just skin deep, and oranges take care of all the layers.
A few serving ideas:
- Sauté few onions in a shallow pan and add a little ginger, deglaze the pan with orange juice. Use this as a sauce for a grilled turkey breast.
- Sprouts, a few greens, beets and sliced oranges topped with a little orange juice make a great salad
And my personal favorite:
- Scrambled egg with a little olive oil and pepper, freshly squeezed orange juice with pulp and a slice of well toasted wheat bread.