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ORANGE

Oranges (Citrus sinensis), Fresh,
Nutritive Value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy                     47 Kcal     2.5%
Carbohydrates      11.75 g       9%
Protein                     0.94 g     1.5%
Total Fat                 0.12 g       0.5%
Cholesterol            0 mg         0%
Dietary Fiber         2.40 g        6%

Vitamins
Folates             30 mcg       7.5%
Niacin          0.282 mg         2%
Pantothenic acid 0.250 mg  5%
Pyridoxine   0.060 mg       4.5%
Riboflavin    0.040 mg        3%
Thiamin       0.100 mg        8%
Vitamin C      53.2 mg       90%
Vitamin A         225 IU      7.5%
Vitamin E      0.18 mg       1%
Vitamin K          0 mcg       0%

Electrolytes

Sodium           0 mg          0%
Potassium  169 mg      3.5%

Minerals
Calcium        40 mg         4%
Copper        39 mcg          4%
Iron             0.10 mg          1%
Magnesium   10 mg       2.5%
Manganese  0.024 mg    1%
Zinc               0.08 mg       1%

Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-β   71 mcg
Carotene-α  11 mcg
Crypto-xanthin-β 116 mcg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 129 mcg
Lycopene   0 mcg

Health benefits of oranges
  • Oranges provide folic acid for the proper development and functioning of the brain.
  • Orange fruit also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and calcium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Orange fruit contains calcium which helps in formation of strong and healthy bones.
  • Oranges, being rich in Vitamins B6, help support the production of hemoglobin in the body.
  • Orange fruit contains magnesium which helps in keeping one’s blood pressure under control.
  • Orange fruit contains beta carotene which is an important antioxidant which safeguards our body from a variety of ailments.
  • The potassium content of orange ensures that one has a healthy cardiovascular system and help in maintaining electrolyte balance of cells.
  • It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.
  • The fruit is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is rich in dietary fiber, pectin, which is very effective in persons with excess body weight. Pectin, by its action as bulk laxative, helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon. Pectin has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing its re-absorption in the colon by binding to bile acids in the colon.
  • Oranges, like other citrus fruits, is an excellent source of vitamin C (provides about 60% of DRI); Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and also, scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood.
  • Orange fruit contains a variety of phytochemicals. Hesperetin and Narigenin are flavonoids found in citrus fruits. Naringenin is found to have a bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator. This substance has also been shown to reduce oxidant injury to DNA in vitro studies.
  • Oranges also contain very good levels of vitamin A, and other flavonoid antioxidants such as alpha and beta carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Orange provides various health benefits as it is beneficial for people suffering from asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, kidney stone and rheumatism amongst others. Additionally, it also helps in preventing diabetes and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, thereby keeping the health of one’s heart in check. It has also been found that people who are alcoholic with a constant craving for liquor can reduce their liquor desire through oranges. Along with providing numerous benefits to your body, oranges also help in keeping your skin naturally healthy and glowing. Before ending, an important advice to all orange lovers- try to consume the skin of oranges too as it has a rich quantity of vitamin C in particular.

Moreover, it is now appreciated that the other biologically active, non-nutrient compounds found in citrus fruits such as phyto-chemical antioxidants, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber have been found to be helpful in reduction in the risk for cancers, many chronic diseases like arthritis, and from obesity and coronary heart diseases. Orange fruit season begins from October and lasts till February.

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Orange/Orange Juice

Consumption of oranges can help an individual in dealing with the following ailments:
  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Constipation
  • Cough and Cold
  • Dyspepsia
  • Fever
  • Heart Diseases
  • Indigestion
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Pimples and Acne
  • Pneumonia
  • Pyorrhea
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Rheumatism
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid

Orange is a delicious fruit. Not only the inner part of orange (fruit) but also the outer part (peel) is useful in many ways. Here are the ten unique uses for orange peels.

1.     As A Bathing Powder

Dry some orange peels and make them as a powder. Use this powder regularly for bathing to make your skin glow.

2.     For Kindling in Winter

Dried orange peels can be used as kindling at fire places. The flammable oils found inside the peels enable them to burn much longer than paper.

3.     As Bath Oil

Dried orange peels can be used as homemade bath oils. Orange peels can be used in dried flower arrangements.

4.     Make Delicious Oil

You can make delicious homemade oil with orange peels. Place some orange peels and cranberries in olive oil and close it with a cork. You can observe a wonderful flavor to the oil after some weeks.

5.     Household Cleaner

Limonene, a carbon-based compound that makes up around 95% of the oil found in orange peel is often used to give household cleaners a citrus smell.

6.     Mosquito Repellent

Apply orange peels over your exposed skin on nights to repel the mosquitoes.

7.     Get Rid of Ants

Take few orange peels in a cup of warm water. Make it as puree in a blender. Pour this solution into the anthills to prevent ants.

8.     As a Scent

Boil orange peels on the stove with a few cloves to make your home filled with scent.

9.     Protects Leaves of Household Plants From Cats

Rub the leaves of your house plants with orange peel once a month and put some orange peels on the surface of the soil in potted plants which prevents them destroyed from cats.

Orange peels can help us lower environmental pollution: Scientists are researching to make plastic from orange peel (orange peels have a carbon compound limonene) which is eco-friendly.
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