Thursday, 6 October 2016

Oranges


Oranges
by Jethro Burnett Thorburn for HappyHealthyHonestHuman 
(7th October 2016)







Most notable constituents

·         Vitamins C and B1
·         Bioactive flavonoids (Vitamin P)
·         Copper (Cu)
·         Manganese (Mn)
·         Phosphorus (P)
·         Potassium (K)
·         Zinc (Zn)
·         Beta-sitosterol
·         Beta-carotene
·         Folate (folic acid)
·         Pectin
·         Fibre
·         Natural sugar



Energy Tonic

Oranges give you a great boost to your energy, leaving you with a feeling of well-being and vigour. They can also stimulate your appetite.


Bioactive flavonoids

Oranges contain high levels of bioflavonoids, also known as vitamin P. They greatly enhance and prolong the absorption and effect of vitamin C, and this is why eating oranges whole can actually be more beneficial than taking vitamin C supplements, which are usually synthetic ascorbic acid which doesn’t have bioflavonoids.

Bioflavonoids can also have antioxidant properties and hence reduce the risk of cancer. They also exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-microbial, anti-diarrheal properties.

Furthermore, bioactive flavonoids greatly improve circulation, capillary health and maintain blood pressure. They also help to normalise blood sugar levels and protect against diabetes.


Beta-sitosterol

Beta-sitosterol is very helpful to those suffering from high cholesterol levels or heart disease.
It also boosts the immune system and is helpful with illnesses ranging from common colds and flu to rheumatoid arthritis and colon cancer.

Marathon runners are also known to use beta-sitosterol to reduce muscle pain and swelling after a run. Additionally, some people apply beta-sitosterol to the skin for treating wounds and burns as well as repairing mucous membranes.

It is also used for enhancing sexual activity!


Beta-carotene

Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which contributes to the colour of oranges. Beta-carotene can help with brain cancer, maintenance of lung tissue and benefits eyesight.


Vitamin C

Oranges are high in vitamin C which boosts the immune system. It is also useful for maintaining and repairing connective tissue, bones, blood vessels and skin. It also aids iron absorption which benefits blood cells and can help protect against heart disease.


Folic acid

Folic acid is a form of folate, which is a B vitamin. It is needed to make DNA and other genetic material and is also needed for our body’s cells to divide.


Pectin and fibre

Pectin and fibre help to cleanse the body and assist digestion and moving substances through the body. Oranges also have diuretic and mild laxative properties.


Eat oranges whole to receive all the benefits rather than as a refined juice or concentrate!

Thank you for reading!


References:


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