Health and Wellness Fridays: Oranges

Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today we are going to be squeezing some of the goodness out of the fruit most of us know as an orange.

Oranges originated thousands of years ago in Asia. Today, oranges can be found in various parts of the world.  Some of the largest commercial producers of oranges include the Brazil, United States, China, India, and Mexico.

Oranges are round, pulpy flesh fruits that are orange in colour.   Oranges are rich in vitamin C.  They are also a very good source of dietary fiber. Oranges also provide a good source of vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin A, calcium, copper and potassium.

There are many different varieties of oranges.  They are however, classified into basically three categories:

  1. Sweet orange or (citrus sinensis) – some popular varieties include: Valencia, Navel,  Jaffa and Blood oranges.
  2. Bitter orange or (citrus aurantium)– some well-known varieties include: Bouquet de Fleurs, Chinotto, and Seville.
  3. Mandarin orange or (citrus reticulata) – have a more flattened look. Some popular varieties are known as tangerines and include: Clementine, Honey and Satsuma.

Oranges are more than just a tasty snack.  They do more for us than just provide vitamins and minerals.  Some researchers have highlighted some other potential health and beauty benefits of using oranges.  Let’s take a look.

Some potential health and beauty benefits include:
  1. Antioxidant protection
  2. Immune support
  3. Lower blood pressure
  4. Fight cancer – prostate cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer  and even colon cancer
  5. Prevent kidney stones
  6. Lower cholesterol
  7. Protect against cardiovascular disease
  8. Prevent ulcers
  9. Reduce the risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  10. Aid in digestion
  11. Prevent diabetes
  12. Brain development
  13. Aid in weight loss
  14. Fight viral infections
  15. Support bone and teeth health
  16. Improve vision
  17. Mild Aphrodisiac
  18. Improve blood circulation
  19. Reduce bad breath
  20. Maintain elasticity and strengthen arteries
  21. Reduce chronic inflammation
  22. Rejuvenate the skin
  23. Treatment of acne
  24. Remove blackheads
  25. Treatment of dark spots and blemishes
  26. Skin whitening properties
  27. Anti-aging benefits
  28. Good hair conditioner
  29. Stimulate hair growth
  30. Treat dandruff

Some possible health risk include:

  1. Beta-blockers, a type of medication most commonly prescribed for heart disease, can cause potassium levels to increase in the blood. Oranges are high in potassium and should be consumed in moderation when taking beta-blockers.
  2. Consuming too much potassium can be harmful for those whose kidneys are not fully functional. If your kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium from the blood, it could be fatal.
  3. Those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruit, however individual reactions vary.
  4. Excessive consumption of the juice can cause tooth decay or wear away tooth enamel due to its sugar and acidic content.

How to use oranges?

  1. Insecticide sprays are widely applied over most crops and orange crops are no exception unless they are organically grown. Therefore, it is recommended to wash the fruits in cold running water before use.
  2. Always juice them when they are at room temperature as they will produce more juice when warm.
  3. Rolling the orange under the palm of your hand on a flat surface will also help to extract more juice.
  4. If your require orange zest for your skin or a recipe, try to use organically grown oranges since most conventionally grown fruits will have pesticide residues on their skin and may be artificially coloured.

In closing, the potential benefits to be derived from oranges are amazing. However, I recommend using it in moderation rather than in isolation.  Remember, it is our overall diet and eating patterns that will help us prevent disease and achieve optimal health.  Cheers!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend! 🙂

 

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Author: Cherylene

Cherylene, is an aspiring writer whose desire is to help people nurture and develop the best version of themselves. Through her writing she hopes to encourage her readers to dig deep both spiritually and mentally to heal and enlighten the mind, body and spirit.

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