Orange is a fruit bearing the scientific name Citrus sinensis. It belongs to the family Rutaceae in the genus Citrus. It is also called sweet orange, to distinguish it from the bitter form, which is called Citrus aurantinum.
Here are some health benefits of Oranges.
Oranges are loaded with vitamin C with just 100g providing 88% of the daily value. Vitamin C being an antioxidant vitamin, boosts the immune system to increase its capability to fight infections and viruses.
Being affluent in the dietry fiber, pectin, oranges bulk up the stools stimulating and making their passage through the intestines alot more easier.
PREVENT COLON CANCER
Pectin, being bulk laxative, help reduce the exposure time of colon mucosa to the toxic substances as well as binding to cancer causing substances in the colon.
In addition when bacteria in the lower intestine breaks down pectin, an enzyme called butyrate is produced, which may inhibit the growth of the tumors of colon and rectum.
Being an affluent source of vitamin C, Oranges induce the production of collagen and help the skin regain its natural elasticity.
The antioxidant activity of vitamin C slows the production of blemishes, giving the skin the youthful glow it needs.
Vitamin C strengthens blood vessels and reduce inflammation.
Deficiency of vitamin C can result in fatigue, depression, rash, petecheia and impaired wound healing.
Being a substantial source of vitamin C, oranges can help prevent anemia. Vitamin C is involved in the absorption of iron and promotes the production of red blood cells.
Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin and its deficiency can lead symptoms of anemia like fatigue, irritability and shortness of breath.
Oranges lower blood cholesterols with the help of insoluble fiber pectin. Pectin binds to bile acids in the colon, preventing it reabsorption ultimately lowering cholesterol levels.