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- 10 Health Benefits of Oranges
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Who doesn't love a delicious mouthwatering orange for a snack? And because they are easy to eat and provide a burst of energy, oranges are a very popular snack among athletes. Here are 10 more reasons you should grab an orange next time you need a mid-day hunger fix.
1. Helps Prevent Cancer
Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids which has been proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.
2. Fights Against Viral Infections
Research show that the abundance of polyphenols in oranges protects against viral infections.
3. Lowers Risk of Disease
Oranges are full of vitamin C which protects cells by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals cause chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer.
4. Lowers Cholesterol
Oranges are full of soluble fiber which is helpful in lowering cholesterol.
5. Boosts Heart Health
Oranges are full of potassium, an electrolyte mineral is responsible for helping the heart function well.
6. Relieves Constipation
Oranges are full of dietary fiber which stimulates digestive juices and relieves constipation.
7. Helps Create Good Vision
Oranges are rich in carotenoid compounds which are converted to vitamin A and help prevent macular degeneration.
8. Regulates High Blood Pressure
The flavonoid hesperidin found in oranges helps regulate high blood pressure and the magnesium in oranges helps maintain blood pressure.
9. Protects Skin
Oranges are full of beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells from being damage which also protects the skin from free radicals and prevents the signs of aging.
10. Provides Smart Carbs:
Oranges like all fruits have simple sugars in them, but the orange has a glycemic index of 40. Anything under 55 is considered low. This means as long as you don’t eat a lot of oranges at one time, they won’t spike your blood sugar and cause problems with insulin or weight gain.
Check out this GREAT tip we found on Jewel Pie for peeling an orange...how did I not know this before???
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