Not sure why but in the last week or so, I found myself eating more oranges and I forgot how nice they tasted. I knew they were good for us in the winter but I found out that they had a wide range of benefits too.
They are rich in Vitamins C and A, flavonoids, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber etc. Oranges have more than 60 flavonoids and 170 phytonutrients that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and anti-oxidant properties.Here are some of the health benefits for oranges.
1 Relieves Constipation
The dietary fibre in orange helps in stimulating digestive juices and relieves constipation.
2 Regulates High Blood Pressure
Hesperidin, a flavonoid in oranges helps to regulate high blood pressure. Magnesium in oranges helps to maintain the blood pressure.
3 Prevents Cancer
The high amount of vitamin C protects the cells from damages by free radicals. Liminoid, a compound in oranges helps to prevent cancers like oral, skin, lung, breast and colon.
4 Protects Against Heart Diseases
The high amount of vitamin C and flavonoids protects against heart diseases.
5 Fights Against Viral Infections
Studies show that the abundance of polyphenols protects against viral infections.
6 Purifies Blood
The iron and Vitamin B6 in oranges help in the production of haemoglobin and increase the oxygen carrying capacity. They also purify the blood.
7 Protects Against Skin Diseases
Beta-carotene, the powerful antioxidant protects the cells from being damage. It also protects the skin from free radicals and prevents the signs of aging.
8 Keeps Bones and Teeth Strong
The calcium in oranges helps to keep your bones and teeth strong.
9 Prevents Kidney Diseases
The regular intake of orange juice prevents kidney diseases. It also reduces the risk of forming calcium oxalate stones in the kidney. But take the juice in moderate amounts. Otherwise it can cause the decay of bones and teeth.
10 Helpful in Many Diseases
Oranges are effective in both preventing and treating certain diseases like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, rheumatism etc.