How Eating More Oranges Can Improve Your Health
We all know it is high in vitamin C but there are also many more vitamins and nutrients that help keep us healthy. There are many ways to enjoy this great fruit...use them to squeeze your own fresh juice in the morning; peel and eat; or, used in a variety of great recipes.
The peel can be ground and dried and used as potpourri. How ever you choose to enjoy them, you will always know that they are delicious and very good for you.
What Are The Benefits Of These Vitamins And Minerals?
In studies, herperidin has been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory properties that are known to lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels,
The phytonutrient is found in the inner white pulp of the peel, rather than in its liquid center; therefore, unfortunately this beneficial compound is too often removed by peeling the fruit.
Vitamin C is the antioxidant that is water-soluble to help the body break down free radicals and prevent damage to both outside cell wall as well as the inside of the cells. Free radicals left unchecked can damage cells and begin the growth of cancerous cells. In areas of the body where cellular growth is rapid, such as the stomach and intestinal area, preventing cells from mutatating will help to prevent cancer from starting. This is why a good intake of vitamin C is considered to be a factor in reducing the risk of cancer in the colon. Free radical damage to other cellular structures and other molecules can result in painful inflammation, as the body tries to clear out the damaged parts. Vitamin C, which prevents the free radical damage that triggers the inflammation, helps with the severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
Free radicals also cause oxidization of cholesterol. After cholesterol is oxidized, it then begins to attach itself to arterial walls. This then builds up into plaques, which can grow to the point of slowing down blood flow or even completely blocking blood flow, causing them to rupture and produce a heart attack or stroke. Since vitamin C can neutralize free radicals, it can help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol.
Vitamin C, which is also vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system, is good for preventing colds and may be helpful in preventing recurrent ear infections.
Citrus appears to offer the most significant protection against esophageal, oropharyngeal/laryngeal (mouth, larynx and pharynx), and stomach cancers. In these tests, cancer cells were reduced as much as 50%.
Other studies indicate that citrus fruits' folate protects against heart disease. It is folate is necessary for lowering levels of the cardiovascular risk factor, Homocysteine and potassium, is known for its ability to lower blood pressure, thus helping reduce strokes and cardiac arrhythmias.
An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which are known to decrease inflammation, contain anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties, as well as produce strong antioxidant effects.
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.
How To Buy And Store Your Oranges
Choose the fruits that are uniform in color with no soft spots or mold. The ones that are heavier tend to have more juice in them and taste sweeter. Smell them for the nice scent they have; however, if they smell sour or have fruit flies on them they are past the best eating stage.
Oranges can either be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. When they are chilled, it is very refreshing to peel and eat one as a snack.
A Few More Quick Serving Ideas:
Before making your own fresh-squeezed orange juice, hold them under warm water for a few minutes so that the fruit will produce more juice.
Add a few slices to your favorite salads, desserts teas and coffees, or use as a garnish for your main dishes.
Save the peels and allow them to dry. Next, chop up the peels and use as potpourri by placing the dried peel into a small dish, add a little water, and warm for 10-15 seconds in the microwave. You home will be filled with a very pleasant and soothing aroma.
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