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Bitter Orange Supplement Health Benefits

Updated on November 22, 2017
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Sheila is a kids' author who learned heaps as a wellness coordinator. She loves to share healthy tidbits with her readers.

Bitter Orange Fruit
Bitter Orange Fruit | Source

Bitter Orange or a sour orange is a natural health supplement, you can use primarily for weight loss and appetite suppression. Tart oranges were first cultivated in the Amazonian Rain Forest from a tree that belonged to the Rutaceae family, and used by traditional Asian medical doctors.

First, and foremost, if you want to use bitter orange as a supplement to lose weight, it’s recommended you receive special care by a Holistic Care Practitioner who monitors your progress. You must warrant precautions when taking a bitter orange supplement for achieving weight loss since it contains substances such as Synephrine and Octopamine that can cause your metabolism to speed up too fast. This occurs since it suppresses your appetite fairly quickly.

Precautions in Taking a Bitter Orange Supplement

Bitter orange is a "Thermogenic" aid that increases metabolic rate. It is known to decrease deposits of fat. Bitter orange contains Synephrine; a vascular-constricting substance and Octopamine, which are chemical stimulants. It forces your metabolism to increase and causes you not to feel hungry. With a bitter orange extract, you won't need to exercise to lose weight! The weight will simply fall off!

This is the dangerous part, since a susceptible person may suffer a heart attack, stroke or elevated blood pressure unnecessarily. If you suffer from high blood pressure stay away from bitter orange! Because even one bitter orange supplement dose can set you off into experiencing a stroke. A stroke is caused by a blood clot that restricts your blood from flowing freely. It can occur in your legs, arms, brain, heart or major artery. This is a dangerous condition indeed that can lead to death.

Use bitter orange supplements only when the benefits outweigh the risks. If you are dreadfully overweight and it's interfering with mobility or causing you to lose your breath then you might consider a bitter orange supplement.

Review of a Bitter Orange Supplement

Make Sure Your Bitter Orange Supplement Has No Caffeine

If your holistic doctor prescribes a weight-loss treatment with bitter orange make sure, your supplement brand does not contain caffeine. If you suffer from Pancreatitis, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease or a Peptic Ulcer, you should not take bitter orange products by mouth.

Once you shed your unwanted pounds, it’s time to learn how to curb your appetite naturally by eating fewer calories and consuming healthier foods. It’s imperative you stop eating all forms of sugar and processed fat products with added salt and sugar. White bread and white rice with cookies, cakes, and sweets are notorious for making you tubby and unhealthy. So, discover how to change your taste buds and eat foods with substance, such as fruits, vegetables and lean meats with fish.

With all these supplemental precautions, you're perhaps wondering, well, what is bitter orange good for?

A Bitter Orange Tree
A Bitter Orange Tree | Source

Use Bitter Orange for Indigestion, Constipation and Nausea

Bitter Orange is most commonly used is in treating indigestion, constipation, and nausea. You may dry the rind of an organic sour orange, and then boil it with water to create a therapeutic tea. Drink the tea form for occasional stomach upset relief. You can use the fresh rinds to make orange marmalade, which tastes delicious with toast.

A Delicious Bitter Orange Drink
A Delicious Bitter Orange Drink | Source

A Bitter Orange Essential Oil Can Be Used to Flavor Food.

  • When bitter orange is used as an essential oil, you can use the drops for flavor in food preparation just like the use of a vanilla extract in puddings, cakes and ice cream.
  • You can mix the essential oil with a carrier oil and use the orange essence as a refreshing perfume or as a treatment to treat fungal infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. Make sure your bitter orange extract is caffeine free!
  • You can apply bitter orange oil in the treatment of Nasal Inflammation with a cotton swab. Remember to stay out of the sun when you are treating these infections to avoid a nasty sunburn.

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    Sheila Craan 5 years ago from Florida

    Thank you Peter!

    People must be aware of the side effects of vitamin supplements and medications.

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    Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

    Thank you, a very interesting article with the correct warnings for certain people.

    kind regards Peter