Tangerine is a refreshingly sweet organic superfood packed with excellent amount of essential nutrients that can enhance health to almost every part of your body.
Tangarine whose scientific name is Citrus reticulate is a member of the mandarin family of orange. This organic superfood has been cultivated in China and Japan 3000 years ago. This citrus fruit is believed to have originated in the tropical forest in South Eastern China. Its name comes from an ancient port in Morocco called Tangier, where the first of this citrus variety was shipped to Europe.
It is smaller than oranges, but has a very sweet and juicy flesh. It has a deep orange color skin that can be peeled easily which makes it very convenient to eat while on the go. Although a winter fruit, they are made available all year round.
A storehouse of wholesome nutrients, this organic superfood boast a load full of vitamin C, folate and beta- carotene. Tangerine is also an excellent source of several potent anti-oxidants that include hesperetine, naringenin, lutein and xanthin said to be much higher than in oranges. A delightful citrus with a very low calorie count of only 53 per 100g making tangerine an ideal food for those on a calorie regulated diet.
Like all citrus fruits, this organic superfood has a wide range of health benefits. Its high content of water soluble vitamin C, a known powerful natural antioxidant, can help prevent neuro-degenerative diseases, heal wounds, arthritis, common colds and fever as well as being anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic. Vitamin C is also proven to synthesize a protein in your body called collagen that is responsible in maintaining a healthy skin, teeth and bones.
Tangerine is also bursting with a generous amount fiber that passes through your digestive tract and in the process loosen up your stool. Fiber also helps in lowering your blood cholesterol level, thereby reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases. It also fights obesity.
Tangerine is brimming with flavonoids, a compound that have shown amazing ability in preventing growth of cancer cells, improve blood flow, eliminate bad cholesterol in your body and protects you from developing lethal heart conditions.
Tangerine is generally safe when eaten in moderation, even by pregnant and nursing women. Although caution is advised for individuals in using essential oil of tangerine. It may cause bowel obstruction or skin rashes to those who are hypersensitive to this fruit. Surely an incredible organic superfood with tons of nutrition heavy for its size.
Why don’t you try this simple tangerine power smoothie this week-end. Mix together in a blender frozen tangerine wedges, cacao, spinach, and coconut water. Give it a quick blast and enjoy!
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