Food (Tip) of the Week – 1 – Gorgeous Oranges

We all know that this super color gorgeous oranges are rich in Vitamin C and is the most favorite fruit of many. Let us explore lil more about this juicy tasty fruit.

Nutritional Benefits
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids. One orange (130 grams) supplies nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C.

When you eat a whole orange, it provides good dietary fiber. Leave in the albedo (the white matter under the peel) as much as possible as the albedo contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.

In addition, oranges are a good source of vitamin A, the B vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine and iron.

 

Health Benefits

The combination of the high amount of anti-oxidant (vitamin C) and flavonoids in oranges makes it one of the best fruits in helping to promote optimal health.

Arteriosclerosis: Regularly consuming vitamin C retards the development of hardening of the arteries.

Cancer prevention: A compound in oranges called liminoid, has been found to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. The high vitamin C content also acts as a good anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals.

Cholesterol: The alkaloid synephrine found under the orange peel can reduce the liver’s production of cholesterol. Whereas the anti-oxidant fights oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in our blood.

Constipation: Even though the orange “tastes acidic”, it actually has an alkaline effect in the digestive system and helps stimulate the digestive juices, relieving constipation.

Damaged sperm, repair: An orange a day is sufficient for a man to keep his sperm healthy. Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, protects sperm from genetic damage that may cause a birth defect.

Heart disease: A high intake of flavonoids and vitamin C has been known to halve the risk of heart diseases.

High blood pressure: Studies have shown that a flavonoid called hesperidin in oranges can lower high blood pressure.

Immune system: The strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.

Kidney stones, prevent: Drinking orange juice daily can significantly drop the risk of formation of calcium oxalate stones in the kidney.

Skin: The anti-oxidant in orange help protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging.

Stomach ulcer: Consuming vitamin C rich foods helps to lower the incidence of peptic ulcers and in turn, reduce the risk of stomach cancer.

Viral infections, protection against: The abundance of polyphenols have been shown to provide protection against viral infections.

The list doesn’t end here. It has several other health benefits too…ok, now, let’s look at how these beautiful oranges helps us in becoming one (yes!!!…beautiful).

Beauty Benefits of Oranges:

1. It closes your pores

Oranges do have the capability of closing the pores. All you have to do is to squeeze the juice from one orange and apply it on the face like a face wash. Rinse it immediately. The orange juice shrinks the enlarged pores. The process that you have to follow for cleaning your enlarged pores is very simple. Just dip a cotton ball in orange juice and apply. After keeping it for 2 to 3 minutes you can just clean it. The vitamin C in the orange juice will add smoothness and glossiness to your skin.

2. It gives you instant glow

After reading the coming lines you are sure to fetch abundant amount of oranges the next time you go shopping. If you are applying the orange peel powder regularly during bath this will surely make your skin glowy and silky smooth. Not only this, it just revitalizes the skin and make it satin soft. This further has a long term benefit for your skin.

3. It acts as a skin tonner

During the hot summer days, when the harsh and harmful rays of the sun are damaging your skin, then oranges can act as a skin tonner. Rub half of the orange all over the face and leave it on for 5 minutes. Wash the face with cold water and feel the freshness and tonning in a trice.

Orange is a citrus fruit and fruits which are rich in citric acid are an excellent material to cure acne. They act as natural astringent and helps in drying away the pimples. The fruit acid in orange juice exfoliates the skin. The process to apply this is very simple, just mash the grated orange peel to form a paste then apply it on the pimples and allow it to dry for 10 to 20 minutes. Continue doing this every day, till the pimple dries away and totally vanish.

5. It acts as bleach

Stop trying the chemically formulated bleach product and try the natural bleach. The oranges act as natural bleach which is simple and easy to your pocket. All you have to do is to mix the orange peel powder in a little amount of milk. Apply the paste on the skin and keep it for 20 to 25 minutes. After the skin gets dried wash the face with cold water. This is something that you can try ever day other then chemical bleaches which are advised to use once in a month or so.

6. Prevent wrinkles

Orange has superb anti aging qualities. The age reversing antioxidants present in it helps to prevent wrinkles. The vitamin c in oranges increases the production of collagens which keeps skin stiff and moist. So, if you are spending on anti aging creams which are not only expensive but also harmful, then you can try eating oranges daily. That would definitely be a better option.

7. Detoxifies the skin

Oranges does the work of detoxifying the toxin from the skin. This makes the skin look fresher and brighter. Eating oranges help to activate the body’s detoxification process. Orange increases oxygen in the skin and fights free radical.

Apart from all these beauty benefits, orange has manifolded other benefits that work wonder on the human body. It prevents the skin from skin cancer. So, this can be called as that wonder fruit which has numerous benefits.

How to Choose and Buy Oranges

  • Hold an orange to determine if it is heavy; the heavier the orange, the juicier it is.
  • Try to find firm, smooth rinds. Thin peels would mean there is more fruit within.
  • Avoid orange that is coarse, mushy or seems to have soft spots.
  • Smell the orange. It must possess a sweet, faint fragrance at normal temperature.

How to Store Oranges

  • Oranges can be stored at normal temperature as well as in the fridge. They usually last near to a fortnight, and can retain almost the same amount of the vitamin in them.
  • If you would like to have your oranges cold, keep them in the fridge without wrapping.
  • Avoid storing the fruit in plastic bags without perforation because moisture caught inside could promote mold growth.

Ok now, what are you waiting for?? Go grab those boxes of Oranges when you hit the supermarket next time to get benefited by this super fruit.

Will explore more. Stay tuned.

 

 

Courtesy:http://www.juicing-for-health.com, http://www.101healthyrecipes.com and http://www.beautyramp.com

 

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