Oranges, Balls of Sunshine

Oranges (aka “sunshine balls”) are one of my favorite fruits, and for good reason. They look like sunshine and are the perfect winter fruit to keep you going when all you can think about is a warm sunny beach in the midst of a February snowfall.

oranges blood orange  We all have heard about how oranges supply us with the infamous and amazing Vitamin C, but have we heard about some of it’s other kick butt properties? Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Amino Acids, B Vitamins, Beta-Carotene, Pectin, Potassium, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iodine, Phosphorus, Sodium, Zinc, Manganese, Chlorine, Iron… the list is long, but it keeps going.

(As if the list above is not enough)

Oranges have:

1) ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES (in the white skin part under peel -albedo)

2) 170 PHYTONUTRIENTS (fight disease and keep body in order)

3) 60 FLAVONOIDS (antioxidants that prevent aging, reduce inflammation, promote healthy arteries)

4) ANTI-TUMOUR & BLOOD CLOTTING properties

Oranges are one of the easiest fruits to consume for optimal health… they are little balls of sunshine ready to be eaten when you are ready for a pick-me-up. Here is the thing though… it is always YOUR CHOICE to eat the balls of sunshine.

Lastly, if you are wondering about how to improve any health concerns below, oranges may be a great addition! I especially find the sperm repair interesting…. 🙂

Arteriosclerosis:  Regularly consuming vitamin C retards the development of hardening of the arteries.

Cancer prevention:  A compound in oranges called liminoid, has been found to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.  The high vitamin C content also acts as a good anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals.

Cholesterol:  The alkaloid synephrine found under the orange peel can reduce the liver’s production of cholesterol.  Whereas the anti-oxidant fights oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in our blood.

Constipation:  Even though the orange “tastes acidic”, it actually has an alkaline effect in the digestive system and helps stimulate the digestive juices, relieving constipation.

Damaged sperm, repair:  An orange a day is sufficient for a man to keep his sperm healthy.  Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, protects sperm from genetic damage that may cause a birth defect.

Heart disease:  A high intake of flavonoids and vitamin C has been known to halve the risk of heart diseases.

High blood pressure:   Studies have shown that a flavonoid called hesperidin in oranges can lower high blood pressure.

Immune system:  The strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.

Kidney stones, prevent:  Drinking fresh and raw orange juice daily can significantly drop the risk of formation of calcium oxalate stones in the kidney.

Skin:  The anti-oxidant in oranges help protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging.

Stomach ulcer:  Consuming vitamin C rich foods helps to lower the incidence of peptic ulcers and in turn, reduce the risk of stomach cancer.

Viral infections:  The abundance of polyphenols have been shown to provide protection against viral infections.

***Information above provided by Sara Ding at Juicing-for-Health 🙂

Blood Oranges Orange Slice

I hope you get to enjoy some balls of sunshine today and savor the flavor of this all encompassing fruit.

Always remember to drink your greens!

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