Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium

Edible Part: Flesh and juice of fruit. Peel used in small quantities as flavoring.

Health Benefits of Oranges:

  • One orange supplies nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C.
  • Drinking orange juice regularly can help cure addiction to alcoholic drinks.
  • Oranges when consumed in large quantities (about 3 medium-size a day) can help decrease the outpouring of mucus secretions from the nose.
  • Oranges may help prevent or retard tumor growth.
  • Oranges is not only rich in vitamin C, but is also a good source of calcium. A medium size orange gives you as much calcium as an ounce of Brie cheese and with fewer calories.
  • Oranges can help protect sperm from genetic damage that may cause birth defect. Oranges when consumed regularly can help retard the development of hardening of the arteries.
  • Oranges can help stimulate the digestive juices, relieving constipation.
  • Orange juice can help prevent kidney stone. Drinking orange juice daily can significantly drop the risk of formation of calcium oxalate stones in the kidney.

Nutrient Content of Oranges: Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A: 190 I.U.
  • Vitamin B: thiamine .08 mg.; Riboflavin .3 mg.; Niacin . 2 mg.
  • Vitamin C: 49 mg.
  • Calcium: 33 mg.
  • Iron: .4 mg.
  • Phosphorus: 23 mg.
  • Potassium: 300 mg.
  • Fat: .2 gm.
  • Carbohydrates: 11.2 gm.
  • Protein: .9 gm
  • Calories: .45 gm.

Health Benefits of Orange Peel:

  • Orange peel is an appetite-stimulant.
  • Orange-peel tea is good for digestive disorders and gastric juice deficiency.
  • Orange peel is good for skin tone, it can help lighten and tighten your skin. Just put boiling water on the orange peels and let it remain there for the whole day. Place the liquid in a spray bottle and spray it to your face and body after bath.
  • Rubbing fresh orange peel on your skin can repel mosquitoes.

Varieties of Oranges: There are different varieties of oranges; sweet, bitter and sour. You need to know the variety you’re buying. The sweet variety is usually more fragrant and ideal for making fruit juices.

  • Valencia orange is the most common variety in the USA, it is used for eating and juicing.
  • Hamlin orange is seedless and pulpy; they are used mainly for juicing.
  • Jaffa orange is slightly sweeter than Valencia. They are imported from Israel.
  • Maltese, or blood oranges are sweet, deep red orange in color, they originate from Italy.
  • Navel orange is sweet and seedless and is the second most common type in the USA.
  • Seville orange is sour, they are used mostly for marmalades.
  • Temple oranges are very sweet, juicy, and full of seeds, and are a cross between tangerines and oranges.

Note: When eating orange, don’t remove the albedo (the white matter under the peel), because it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.

Caution: Sweet oranges and their juice are considered safe for consumption. However, bitter orange contains synephrine (or oxedrine), a stimulant drug, similar to ephedrine, that is extracted from the peel and used to encourage fat loss. Consumption should not be abused as synephrine may also increase blood pressure.

“This post was originally published on January 8, 2012 @22:57”

Health Benefits of Oranges

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