Oranges are one of the most popular fruit throughout the world. It is packed with vitamin C, flavonoids and phytonutrients and provides good amount of dietary fiber. Including an orange in the diet helps a person to get 100% of the required daily dietary intake of vitamin C. An orange has over 170 phytochemicals. Some of the highly beneficial ones are ferulic acid, carotene, phytotene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and phytofluene.
Not only does an orange provides vitamin C, but it is also rich in other vitamins such as vitamin A, B and other minerals such as sodium, manganese, chlorine, iron, beta-carotene, folic acid and iodine. Oranges are also a good source of iron, pectin, potassium and phosphorus. One small orange has 45 calories.
Inclusion of oranges in the diet helps a person to protect the skin from free radicals that is known to cause aging. Containing high amount of bioflavonoids and different phytonutrients, oranges are effective in fighting cancer, tumor and blood clot.
Studies have shown oranges to contain anti-inflammatory and strong anti-oxidant effects, which in turn makes it a fruit that promotes optimal health. According to nutritionists, having a whole orange is better than having it without peels since the presence of alkaloid synephrine in the orange peel can lower the cholesterol level and reduce the risk of liver diseases. Anti-oxidant properties help in fighting destructive oxidative stress.
Presence of a specific type of flavonoid in oranges known as the hesperidin can curb the risk of high blood pressure. Although an orange tastes acidic, it helps in the creation of the digestive juices and thus is effective in relieving constipation. Oranges also stimulates white cells to strengthen immunity system and lower the risk of stomach ulcers and kidney stones.