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Health Tips - Benefits of Orange

Updated on March 21, 2012
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Oranges are most loved fruits around every corner of the world. Having an origin in Asia, it used to be a treat for outsiders. Sailors needed it for long voyages as a supply of vitamin C to fight scurvy. It is also used to add flavor and fragrance to many recipes. This orange tangy fruit is known to have healing powers within its peel and juice. Health Benefits of Oranges are too many to be remembers but even a cursory glance would tell you that eating oranges could prevent you from how many problems or health issues. An apple a day may keep the doctor away but an orange is also no less in its own health gifts.

Oranges are known to be major source of Vitamin C and Flavonoids. They also contain Vitamin A and B, amino acids, beta-carotene, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine and iron. All these nutrients support our metabolism in one or the other way. Vitamins, phytonutrients and flavonoids give oranges anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-oxidant effects and blood clot inhibiting properties. These properties make list of health benefits of oranges longer.

Oranges prevent health problems like Arteriosclerosis, Cancer, accumulating Cholesterol, Constipation, Damaged sperm, Heart disease and High blood pressure.

Fiber content of orange helps in constipation problem. With above mentioned health benefits of oranges, they are also known to be beneficial in the case of Asthma, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Pneumonia and Rheumatism.

They are also known to strengthen immune systems preventing from infections and communicative diseases like cold, viral fever etc. Regular intake of Orange juice reduces the formation of calcium oxalate (stone) in kidney. Anti-oxidants lighten the signs of aging. People use orange peel powder to cure their skin related problems. Studies have also found that drinking orange juice reduces the desire to take Alcohol.

Oranges are found in many varieties like Tangarine, Navel, Mandarin, Valencia and Jaffa. Their color can be shades of greenish-orange to bright orange. Eating oranges regularly can keep a human being fit and refreshing but over eating can cause problems of decay of bones and teeth as excessive consumption of any citrus food can leach calcium of body. Remember to eat an orange as soon as cut, as Vitamin C has a tendency to get destroy in air if exposed longer. Health Benefits of Oranges appeal to you to add “Tang” to your life by including it in your routine diet.

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      ITcoach 5 years ago from United States

      You have shared great tips and benefits of orange.It is the fruit that we use but not much aware of its benefits.But here after reading this we understand it benefits.Very well written,Voted up and Interesting.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Great article! I love oranges. During cold and flu season I eat an orange a day so that I don't get colds/flu when everyone else around me is sniffling. :)