We all know the proverb “an apple a day,” but equally an orange could be recommended. There are thousands of reasons why eating an orange a day is a good idea; they are low in calories but full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases and conditions as part of an overall healthy and varied diet.
Orange trees are the most cultivated fruit trees in the world. Oranges are a popular fruit because of their natural sweetness, wide variety of types and diversity of uses – from juices and marmalades to face masks and candied orange slices.
Oranges also contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, phosphorus,magnesium, manganese, selenium and copper. Oranges also contain choline, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids. Choline is an important nutrient found in oranges that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.
Also called “the golden apple”, oranges offer numerous benefits covering health as well as beauty aspects.
Here are the top 10 health benefits you can derive by eating oranges:
- Immunity Booster:
Orange is as already mention rich in vitamin C, which plays a crucial role as an antioxidant by protecting your body against the damage caused by free radicals generated in the body. This vitamin C also plays an important role in strengthening immune responses of the body, protecting against recurring cold and cough or any other common infections.
- Heart health:
The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in oranges all support heart health. Oranges are a good source of potassium, which is essential for healthy heart function. Potassium, along with other essential minerals like calcium, magnesium and sodium works to maintain optimal fluid levels around cells. High quantity of potassium in orange are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke.
Oranges are extremely beneficial for the overall health of your digestive system because of their high fiber content and the type of dietary fiber they contain. Oranges contain two types of fibre; soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps keep your stomach and intestines healthy by preventing problems like irritable bowel syndrome. The fibre content in them adds bulk to the digested food and reduces transit time of feces, preventing constipation and straining.
- Controls Cholesterol Level:
The soluble fiber in orange doesn’t just offer benefits to your digestive system. Soluble fiber is known to help bring about a reduction in cholesterol levels, as it binds with or picks up excess cholesterol compounds when it travels through the intestinal tract. It is then eliminated from the body along with fecal waste.
The rich fibre content of oranges has the ability to keep a track of sugar levels in the body, preventing diabetes. It is also a good option for those who are diabetic. Also worth mentioning is that good oranges have a sweet taste, and since diabetics aren’t allowed to eat sweets or other sugary foods, they can eat oranges to tingle their taste buds.
- Weight Loss:
Oranges make a great addition to any diet for weight loss because they are nutrition-dense and low in calories. They are particularly helpful to individuals who tend to overeat and need to snack in between meals. The orange can serve as an effective substitute to between meal snacks as it does not give you any of the calories you would get from junk food, but its high fiber content will ensure that you stay satiated for quite a while.
- Brain Development:
Folate/folic acid or vitamin B9 present in oranges promote brain development and keep the vital organ in mint condition. In fact, these nutrients also make orange a healthy fruit for pregnant woman as it prevents the baby from having neurological disorders later. Oranges also contain phytonutrients called polyphenols that play a role in development of learning and memory functions of the brain.
- Protects Eyes:
Vitamin A in oranges helps keep mucus membranes in the eyes healthy. Available in the form of carotenoid compounds like lutein, beta carotene and zeaxanthin, vitamin A is protective against age-related macular degeneration, a vision-related condition that causes blindness. Besides, it also plays an important role in allowing your eyes to absorb the light.
- Fights Hair Fall:
Orange has high Vitamin C content which is required for producing collagen which, in turn, is responsible for keeping the tissues in your hair together. Nobody likes bald patches on their head, and eating oranges can ensure that you do not have to part with your lovely hair as you grow older.
After reading this article, you must be pretty sure about the top priority item to be purchased next time you are going to grocery store. Do add orange in your regular diet and enjoy it’s rejuvenating benefits to their best and keep commenting your experiences.
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