Oranges are one of the most enjoyed fruits in the world and one of the most populous fruits as well,they belong to the group of fruits called CITRUSFRUITS(family-rutaceae),they are nearly round,segmented with pittedpeel,they could have a sweet and juicy taste or bitter and sour taste depending on their specie.They are rich in vitamin C(about 116% of the daily requirement of vitamin C),orange is a good source of fibre,vitamin A,B vitamin,calcium and potassium.
HIGH IN VITAMIN C
An orange contains 116.2% of the daily need of vitamin C.Being a great source of vitamin C which is an antoxidant,oranges would be said to reduce colon cancer as it may help combat the formation of free radicals that could cause cancer or damage our DNA.Another role played by vitamin C as an antioxidant is that it also helps repair tissues and damages from inflammation and oxidation .With an adequate level of vitamin C,the chances of fighting off infections is on a positive side.
CHECKS BLOOD PRESURE
The absence of sodium helps keep a person below their daily limits.On that note,a cup of of orange juice can boost daily potassium intake by 14%.Blood pressure requires the maintenance of sodium intake,while increase in potassium is necessary in supporting the relaxation and opening of blood vessels thereby reducing a person’s risk of high blood pressure.The production of heamoglobin which is required in the transportation of oxygenated blood is supported by B6 present inoranges.
Oranges have antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radicals damage said to cause aging.Adequate intake of orange maintains the skin.Orange contributes to the contribution of COLLAGEN which supports the skin,help heal wounds and imrove skin strenght.
Compounds like D-limonene present in orange helps prevent cancer.The fibrous nature of orange makes it cancer protective.According to a study,about 15% of cancer cases occur due to mutation in the DNA,of which vitamin C is capable of preventing as mentioned earlier.
HEALTHY HEART AND CHOLESTROL REDUCTION
According to a study of the US and Canadian reseachers,compounds found in citrus fruit peel known as POLYMTHOXYLATED FLAVONES(PMFs) can lower cholesterol more effectively than most prescribed drugs.Flavonoids in oranges (especially hesperidin) may have protective effects against heart diseases .
The citric acid in orange could prevent kidney stone formation so also does citrates in orange and they are usually prescribed to patients with kidney stone issue.