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Health Benefits of Oranges – A Natural Superfood

Oranges Superfoods IllustrationOften, we take the simple fruit many of us see daily, for granted. Oranges are available in grocery stores and markets, in almost every country in the world. They grow on the trees in the yards of many of my family and friends throughout the USA. Oranges also grow in Europe and in some Asian countries like China. Often ignored in favor of processed foods from our local grocery stores, oranges are a 100% natural superfood with many health and healing benefits.

What is so Super on Oranges?

First of all the Vitamin C,as weall know: Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C is 200-1000 mg. An orange contains almost 100 mg of this nutrient. Vitamin C is used in the treatment and prevention of most cancers because of its protection from free radicals. It also helps prevent and treat atherosclerosis, heart disease, infections, colds and flu, asthma attacks, lung inflammation, cataracts and glaucoma. How many of us reach for the Vitamin C when we are experiencing a cold?

Cancer fighter: Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant and an important cancer fighter. When my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV liver and prostate cancer, we took matters out of the hands of traditional medicine. After testing for Vitamin deficiencies we started Vitamin C IV's for 2 weeks. The results in health were amazing. Besides the benefits of Vitamin C in oranges, the peel contains a flavonoid called hesperidin, which is a natural cancer fighter, with added benefits of lowering bad cholesterol and normalizing blood pressure.

Then there is Fiber: The recommended intake of fiber is 25 to 35 grams daily. The fleshy portion of an orange contains about 3.1 grams of fiber, making it a great source for your dietary requirements. Include the orange zest in your diet and the fiber increases to 6 grams per fruit. Combine this with other fruits and vegetables and you can easily provide the fiber you need daily. 2 medium oranges without utilizing the peel, 2 medium bananas and 2 medium apples daily will more than meet your fiber needs.

Oranges contain Natural Oils: The natural oil is in the skin of the oranges. This oil acts as a natural exfoliator and moisturizer for your skin. Combined with the Vitamin C benefits, oranges will keep your skin looking young and smooth.

It's Sweet,, Affordable and Nutrient Packed: The average unpeeled orange provides 3.1 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein and approximately 69 calories of energy, 48 of which is from natural sugars. An orange contains about 60 mg of calcium, 15 mg of magnesium, and 232 mg of potassium. It is a great source of Vitamin C, folate, choline, Vitamin A and beta carotene. The orange is therefor definitely to be placed amongst the superfoods.

What to do with Orange Peel: Orange peels are useful for exfoliating scrubs, orange peel oil baths are beneficial to the skin, orange zest has cancer fighting properties and enhances many cooking and baking recipes, dried orange peel contains oil and works great as high octane kindling fuel to start any fire, fresh orange peel acts as a natural cat, slug and ant repellent when sprinkled around your garden, orange peel is a deodorizer, orange peel can help revitalize and soften hard brown sugar, fresh orange peel rubbed on your skin will repel mosquitoes, the oil from the peels works as a degreaser, orange peel is a natural aroma therapy for depression, and orange peel has been used by the Chinese for centuries to help lower high blood pressure. Beyond the benefits of the fleshy portion of the orange, you can see that the entire orange has many uses.

As you can see, oranges are a powerhouse all-natural superfood to be included in your diet. The orange is definitely an amazing food. If you are one of the fortunate to have your own trees producing oranges, don't let this valuable fruit go to waste. If you have somewhere too many oranges, provide the excess to the homeless and to food banks.

By: Jeff Keto

Jeff Keto has a degree in Sports Medicine, writes various articles about things he has learned over the past years including his knowledge he gained from his personal experiences. He contributes to information found at http://ThingsYouWantToKnow.com .