Tangy Juicy Sacks of Vitamin C
Oranges are renowned for its juiciness , its classic combination of tanginess and sweetness with ample concentration of vitamin C.
One medium sized orange having low Glycemic index gives 62 calories, hence it is good for diabetes with 93 % of Vitamin C content, 13 % of dietary fiber, folate and other micro nutrients.
How oranges are beneficial for health ?
Citrus flavanones Hesperetin, naringenin, hydroxycinnamic acids, anthocyanins with the combination of vitamin C plays the significant role of antioxidant.
Secret Herperidin molecule:
Herperidin has been shown to lower high blood pressure as well as cholesterol in animal studies, and it has a strong anti-inflammatory properties.
The water soluble vitamin C is an antioxidant in our body which disarms free radicals and prevents any damage in the aqueous environment both inside and outside body cells.
Within our body cells, a potential outcome of free radical damage to DNA is cancer especially where cellular turnover is rapid like our digestive system. That’s we always heard that ample amount of vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
It’s proven from clinical trials that consuming vitamin C supplements does not provide the same protective benefits as eating oranges or drinking a glass of pure orange juice. Even consumption of vegetables and fruits that are high in vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.
How Vitamin C works against intestinal cancer?
Citrus fruits reduces the risk up to 40-50% against esophageal, oro-phayngeal /laryngeal (mouth, larynx and pharynx), and stomach cancers.
How citrus fruits protects heart?
A healthy well balanced diet that includes citrus fruits gives protection against cardiovascular disease, its folate content lowers levels of the cardiovascular risk factor, homocysteine and their, potassium tends to lower blood pressure, protecting against stroke and cardiac arrhythmias.
An orange is indeed a gift from the Nature as it has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties, as well as very strong antioxidant effects.
Limonin glucoside in citrus fruits are known as anti-carcinogens that may continuously prevent cancerous cells from proliferating.
Citrus fruit peels has polymethoxylated flavones that lowers cholesterol more effectively than some anti-cholesterol drugs (Statin) and also without any side effects.
Variety of citrus fruits contain polymethoxylated flavones but juices of citrus fruits *have* much smaller amount of it.
In fact one has to drink about 20 glasses of juice each day to receive an amount of polymethoxylated flavones as compare to a grated tablespoon of orange peel which can be use to flavor tea, salads, salad dressings, yogurt, soups, or hot oatmeal or rice for cholesterol-lowering benefits.
Multi functional Citrus fruits
Dietary Fiber in oranges reduces high blood glucose levels and high cholesterol levels thus helps to prevent atherosclerosis. Beta-cryptoxanthin, an orange-red carotenoid found in highest amounts in oranges, corn, pumpkin, papaya, red bell peppers, tangerines, and peaches, tends to lower the risk of developing lung cancer.
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