It would be hard to find someone who doesn’t like oranges. For a lot of us it was one of the first fruits we were given. Not to mention each slice looks like a smile…who doesn’t love that?! Along with the fact that they are loaded with Vitamin C which keeps our immune systems boosted here are a dozen reasons that oranges are today’s What’s In Season For October.
High In Vitamin C
Vitamin C is the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body, responsible for preventing free radical damage to the cells and DNA. Just one orange provides 116% of the daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C is well-known for its ability to boost the immune system. It has also been proven to help lower blood pressure, reduce lead levels in the blood and support eye health, which may reduce the risk of cataracts.
High In Antioxidants
Oranges are full of the potent antioxidant vitamin C as well as many other phytonutrient compounds believed to have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and premature aging by neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress to the body.
The high concentration of vitamin C found in oranges helps boost the immune system, which can help ward off sickness and disease. Regular consumption of oranges is a great way to help prevent the common cold and flu.
Oranges are a good source of dietary fiber, providing about 12.5% of the daily value per orange. Fiber helps support a healthy digestive system and may aid in weight loss by balancing the metabolism. Fiber also helps reduce cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels.
So often people I speak with are concerned about the effects of sugar in fruits. I am always so happy to let them know that the natural fructose in oranges helps balance blood sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes. It’s natures candy!
Studies show that oranges anti-inflammatory benefits thanks to a phytonutrient called herperidin which can reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation can contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis and many other conditions. Vitamin C is also associated with a reduced risk of inflammatory diseases like asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Oranges are a good source of potassium. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure and supports overall heart health. It is also essential for maintaining good bone density. Potassium deficiency is associated with bone disease like osteoporosis.
The herperidin in oranges has also been found to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol in animal studies. The anti-inflammatory properties of herperidin and vitamin C also offer great cardiovascular support. The potassium obtained from oranges can also help to reduce blood pressure and the fiber they contain is essential in maintaining good heart health.
Studies have found that oranges may help to treat stomach conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. They are also believed to help fight stomach ulcers and may help to reduce the risk of stomach cancer.
Citrus fruits are believed to help fight cancer. Studies have found that citrus could reduce the risk of stomach, mouth, larynx and pharynx cancers by 40 – 50 percent. Oranges are a potent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer and other types of cancer as well. Oranges contain many other healing properties as well as phytonutrients like anthocyanins that have anticancer properties.
Lung Cancer & Respiratory Health
Oranges contain high amounts of the carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention found that foods rich in beta-cryptoxanthin like oranges supported respiratory health and reduced the risk of lung cancer by 27%.
That’s a lot of amazing things your body can receive from eating oranges! The fact is #NatureAlwaysWINS and you CAN #EatYourMedicine to better health. Click here to visit ShopEBNL for all of your healthy natural living goals. SHARE this post with anyone you think can benefit from it which is everyone. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE!