Oranges have been a favourite among the fruits. They are also called Kichili Pazham in Tamil, Kamala Pandu in Telugu, Kittale in Kannada, Santre in Marathi, Kamla Lebu in Bangali and Santra in Hindi, Gujarati & Punjabi. They are one of the delicious fruits and provide various benefits. Here we have listed out the various benefits of oranges.
Oranges are a rich source of various antioxidants and vitamin C. They are not only popular for their raw pulpy slices, juicy nature, and tangy and sweet flavor but also for their goodness of vitamin C. Let us discuss the various benefits of this fruit.
- Stroke: As per the American Heart Association, eating higher amounts of a compound present in citrus fruits such as oranges may help in lowering the risk of ischemic stroke in women. As per the study, those who ate the highest amount of citrus had a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least.
- Anti-cancer: Oranges are a rich source of citrus limonoids, which helps in fighting a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, breast, stomach, colon and lung. In animal test, researchers proved citrus could help fight cancers of the mouth, lung, breast, skin and lung.
- Boosts immune system: Oranges are a rich source of vitamin C, which helps in the formation of white blood cells. They help in destroying the viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders. Oranges also contain vitamin A, folate and copper as well as other nutrients which help in boosting your immune system.
- Anti-aging: Various beauty products including face packs, masks and creams that are available contain orange extract as a key ingredient. Vitamin C present in oranges help in preventing the skin damage by eliminating free radicals. Vitamin C also assists in synthesis of collagen which maintains skin overall appearance and texture, and prevents wrinkles and premature aging.
- Maintain blood pressure: As per the National health and Nutrition Examination Survey, fewer than 2 percent of US adults meet the daily 4.7g of potassium recommendation. Maintaining a low sodium intake is necessary for lowering the blood pressure. Also high potassium in oranges is associated with 20% decreased risk of dying from all causes.
- Prevention of kidney diseases: Drinking orange juice regularly can help in the prevention of kidney disease and also in reduction of risk of kidney stones. As per the recent study, orange juice can help in preventing the painful kidney stones from forming. Oranges also contain a high amount of potassium, which is responsible for keeping kidney stones at bay by flushing harmful free radicals out of the organs.
- Eye health: Oranges contain vitamin A which helps in keeping mucus membrane healthy in the eyes. Carotenoid compounds such as lutein, beta carotene and zeaxanthin also help in protecting against age-related macular degeneration, a vision-related condition that causes blindness. Further, oranges also play an important role in allowing your eyes to absorb the light.
- Heart health: Fiber, potassium and vitamin C in oranges all help in maintaining the heart health. Potassium helps in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. As per one study, people who consumed 4069mg of potassium every day had a 49% lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared with those who consumed less potassium about 1g per day. Further it also helps the heart in functioning well.
- Treatment of arthritis: A glass of orange juice can keep you from the inflammation that usually arises from arthritis. It possesses anti-inflammatory property that reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Regulates blood sugar: Oranges are high in fiber which keeps the blood sugar levels low. Fructose present in oranges prevents blood sugar levels from spiking after eating. Therefore, oranges are a great desert or can be added as an ingredient to an entree.
- Brain health: Vitamin B9 found in oranges promote brain development and keep the vital organ in mint condition. It also helps in preventing the baby from having neurological disorders later in a pregnant woman. Phytonutrients in oranges play an important role in the development of learning and memory functions of the brain.
- Improved digestion: Fiber present in a high amount in oranges help in digesting the food easily. It also helps in releasing digestive enzymes or juices, which help in digestion of food effectively. Fiber adds bulk to the digested food and reduces transit time of feces preventing constipation and straining. Oranges also contain soluble and insoluble fiber, which help in keeping your stomach and intestines healthy by preventing problems like irritable bowel syndrome.
- Eliminating bad breath: Orange peel tea helps in maintaining a good oral hygiene. One cup of orange tea daily for a month helps in reducing bad breath and improving your oral hygiene.
- Anti-diabetic: Fiber present in oranges keeps a track of sugar levels in the body, which leads to prevention of diabetes. Oranges contain very low calories and thus can be consumed daily.
- Hair health: Vitamin C present in oranges produces collagen which in turn keeps the tissues in your together. Vitamin C along with bio-flavonoids in oranges assists in circulation to the scalp which in turn promotes hair growth. Juice of orange peel can be used on the scalp to control dandruff.