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15 Amazing Health Benefits of Oranges

Updated on June 17, 2012
- Health Benefits of Oranges, by Rosie2010 on Hubpages, photo source: Wikipedia -
- Health Benefits of Oranges, by Rosie2010 on Hubpages, photo source: Wikipedia -

One of the most popular fruits in the world is the orange. Oranges are loaded with vitamin C and are packed with phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6. Oranges also contain more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot inhibiting properties, as well as strong antioxidant effects. The combination of the high amount of antioxidant (vitamin C) and flavonoids in oranges makes it one of the best fruits in helping to promote optimal health.

Here are the 15 Amazing Health Benefits of Oranges:


  1. Oranges lower the risk of stroke - A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that high intake of vitamin C may lower the risk of stroke by 42%.
  2. Oranges prevent cardiovascular disease - A high intake of flavonoids and vitamin C has been known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 50%.
  3. Oranges lower cholesterol - Oranges are high in antioxidant (vitamin C) which lowers cholesterol. Also, the alkaloid synephrine found under the orange peel can reduce the liver's production of cholesterol.
  4. Oranges lower high blood pressure - Studies have shown that a flavonoid called hesperidin in oranges can lower high blood pressure.
  5. Oranges prevent cancer - The high vitamin C content also acts as a good antioxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals. A compound in oranges called liminoid, has been found to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon cancers. Oranges are also rich in beta-cryptoxanthin, an orange-red carotenoid found in highest amounts in oranges, which may significantly lower one's risk of developing lung cancer.
  6. Oranges help prevent peptic ulcers - Vitamin C in oranges helps to lower the incidence of peptic ulcers.
  7. Oranges prevent arteriosclerosis - Arteriosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries. Regular consumption of vitamin C retards the development of hardening of the arteries.
  8. Oranges build a good Immune system - The strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.
  9. Oranges protect you against viral infections - The abundance of polyphenols have been shown to provide protection against viral infections.
  10. Oranges provide protection against rheumatoid arthritis - New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition adds to the evidence that enjoying a daily glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can significantly lower your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  11. Oranges repair damaged sperms - An orange a day is sufficient for a man to keep his sperms healthy. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, protects sperms from genetic damage that may cause a birth defect.
  12. Oranges prevent kidney stones - Drinking orange juice daily can significantly reduce the risk of formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones.
  13. Oranges help you look younger - A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that high intake of vitamin C prevent may prevent wrinkles, dry skin, and other free radical damage to the skin known to cause signs of aging.
  14. Oranges improve macular degeneration - Studies show that high intake of vitamin C may improve macular degeneration.
  15. Oranges prevent constipation - Even though the orange may taste acidic, it actually has an alkaline effect in the digestive system and helps stimulate the digestive juices, relieving constipation. (And isn't being regular one of your daily priorities?)


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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Qudsia, thanks for dropping by. Me too! I have at an orange a day.. it really works for the immune system.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    QudsiaP1 6 years ago

    I just absolutely love oranges. :)

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Hanna, thanks for dropping by. I'm so glad you found my orange hub informative.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya my friend Lori, go get some then. Oranges are really full of healthy stuff. Thanks for the vote up and for tweeting and sharing my hub. You are just awesome!

    Have a great day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Katrina, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my orange hub and found informative. Thanks again.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Alicia, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you found my orange hub useful. Oranges really are good for us.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya jannthomassen, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my orange hub and found it useful. Thank you so much for the compliment.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Helpful Hanna 6 years ago

    Hi Rosie. This hub is so useful. Thank you for all of the great information!

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    Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

    Oh what a beautiful Hub. Now I am craving fresh and sweet oranges. This is a well researched and delightful Hub. Tweeted, voted up and shared!

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    katrinasui 6 years ago

    Excellent Hub about health benefits of oranges. I really learned a lot form this hub.

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    Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You've given some great and useful information, Rosie. I love oranges. It's good to know that I'm eating something so nutritious!

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    jannthomassen 6 years ago from Norway

    You are really a good writer Rosie. Great hub about the value of orange; I'll definitely have paid some attention to that.

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Will, oh that's so wonderful! You can just go get oranges from your backyard. How nice to have fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning.. although eating the whole fruit is better for you. I'm glad you enjoyed my orangey hub.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya my dear friend Rhonda, I have been eating a lot of oranges lately because it's winter and it's cold season, plus oranges help my being regular as being regular every morning makes me happy. LOL Now go get some oranges.. Eric is right.. you need Vitamin C. hugssss

    Have a great day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Carrie, thanks for dropping by. That's what I'm having for lunch but I'm using canned Mandarin oranges as I'm out of fresh ones and am too lazy to go to the store. lol I'm glad you enjoyed my orange hub.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    We have a tree full of oranges just outside the window where I'm sitting. Guess I should go get one!

    Great Hub...again!

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    Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

    Hi Rosie. I love oranges. Just this morning Eric mentioned that we need more vitamin c,in our diet. I agreed. So we are going to eat more oranges. Thanks for the article.

    Sweet wishes Rhonda

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    carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

    After reading this article, I'll have to eat more oranges.

    The Italian Orange Salad Recipe looks so good I may try it out. Thanks Rosie.