Orange, it houses over 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 kinds of flavonoids and they are just a few of the many benefits you can get from this amazing organic superfood.
This delicious citrus fruit is a hybrid of the pomelo and mandarin. An organic superfood that thrives well in sub-tropical areas with a good amount of sunshine and moderate to warm temperatures. It has a round shape with a fine skin texture which vary in thickness depending on the variety. Inside, it normally has ten segments and holds juicy, pulpy flesh. Orange are usually available from winter to summer and does not spoil easily.
Oranges are said to have originated in Asia thousands of years ago, in the region between southern China and Indonesia and eventually spread to India. It reached Europe around the 15th century brought by traders and explorers who travelled from Asia and the Middle East. Christopher Columbus was believed to be the first to introduce orange to America during his second voyage in 1493.
Organic superfood like orange is an incredible source of vitamin C, A, and B including pantothenic acid, folate, and essential minerals like potassium, copper and calcium. Orange also holds an array of nutrients like fatty acids, amino acids, soluble and insoluble fibers and carbohydrates. And if you’re looking for a low calorie snack, orange is one of your best choice as a medium size only has 60 calorie counts.
Take a look at some major health benefits that oranges can provide you:
It improves your heart health. Orange contain a good amount of herperidin molecules that helps lower your blood pressure, eases up inflammation and lower cholesterol level. The amount of vitamin B-1 and folate is enough to lower the level of homocysteine in your blood, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
It is loaded with an amazing variety of phytonutrients such as flavanones, hydroxycinnamic acids, anthocyanins and polyphenols that gives out a very potent antioxidant properties to fight and eliminate free radicals and prevent potential damage to your cells. This organic superfood is also high in alkaline minerals to help balance your body’s pH level. It can let you maintain a beautiful and healthy skin as it contains an assortment of essential vitamins and minerals.
Regular orange juice consumption has also been proven to have a positive effect against diabetes, asthma, gallstones, cholera, gingivitis, ulcerative colitis, macular degeneration and multiple sclerosis. It may even help prevent cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease And it’s not only the juice… the orange peel of this organic superfood can also provide you with other benefits like reducing inflammation, treatment for bronchitis, hangover and even bad breath. And do you know that sprinkling orange peel over your veggie garden can repel slugs? ....Yes! It’s safe, effective and eco-friendly.
Consuming orange is relatively safe for most adults and children, including pregnant and lactating mothers as long as they are taken in food quantity. Avoid giving your kids with large amount of orange peel which are known to cause convulsion and bellyache.
In case you are not aware, orange is one of the top 20 fruits and vegetables that are heavily sprayed with pesticides and chemical preservatives. Choosing organically grown produce lessen your exposure to these contaminants.
Stay fit. Eat more organic superfood.