Oranges are one of the most popular fruits in the world. It belongs to a group of citrus fruits called hesperidium and it has a lot health benefits.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Helps in fighting cancer
Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids that is proven to help in the fight against varieties of cancer such as skin, lung, breast and stomach.
- Helps prevent kidney diseases
Drinking orange juice regularly prevents kidney diseases and reduces the risk of kidney stones. Keep in mind that excessive drinking of orange juice can cause tooth decay because of the high sugar content and the high acid content can wear away the enamel. Therefore, consume orange juice in moderate amounts.
- Lowers cholesterol
Rich in soluble fiber, oranges help lower the cholesterol, because it picks up the excess cholesterol compounds found in the gut and pushes them out in the elimination process.
- Boosts heart health
Oranges are full of potassium, that is responsible for helping the heart function well. If potassium levels get too low, you may develop an abnormal heart rhythm known as arrhythmia.
- Boosts immunity
Oranges are full of vitamin C which protects cells by neutralizing free radicals. This vital nutrient helps improve your immunity, thus keeping you free from diseases and infections.
- Relieves constipation
Oranges are full of dietary fiber which stimulates digestive juices and relieves constipation.
- Protects your vision
Oranges contain good levels of vitamin A as well as antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotene that help in maintaining healthy mucus membrane and prevents macular degeneration.
- Regulates high blood pressure
The flavonoid hesperidin found in an orange helps regulate high blood pressure and the magnesium in oranges helps maintain blood pressure.
- Good for the skin
The orange is rich in beta-carotene. Beta-Carotene is a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells from damage which also protects the skin from free radicals and alongside the vitamin C, slows down the process of aging.