Everyone knows that oranges are high in vitamin C and can help ward off a cold. But why? The answer lies in the antioxidant properties of this popular citrus fruit. Vitamin C is an important anti-oxidant, but there are many more phytonutrients in a single orange that can boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, and even prevent stomach cancer.
Let’s put this every day fruit to the test:
- Lower Cholesterol
- Lower Blood Pressure
Antioxidant– Oranges have very high amounts of Vitamin C. And vitamin C is the most important water-soluble antioxidant in the body protecting it from free radical damage inside and outside of our cells. A high amount of vitamin C inside the cells cause damage to our DNA and causes cancer. This is especially true in areas like our digestive system. Studies show a strong link between high amounts of vitamin C and the reduction of colon cancer. The antioxidant properties of oranges also reduce inflammation problems like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. And don’t forget the common knowledge that it prevents the common cold. That is also factual.
Lower Cholesterol– Citrus fruit peels contain a class of compounds called polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs). They have been show to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs and without the side effects. The anti-oxidant effects of vitamin C prevents cholesterol from sticking to arteries by neutralizing free radicals. A recent study showed a drop of 20-40% of LDL (Bad Cholesterol) in subjects who ate a 1% diet of PMFs. Now that’s results!
Lower Blood Pressure– The most important flavonol in an orange is herperidin. It has been shown to lower high blood pressure and also has strong Anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of these benefits can reduce inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and osteoarthritis.
Auto-Immune Support– Vitamin C is very important for a properly functioning immune system. It has even been attributed to a decrease of ear infections and can help prevent common colds. Your mother was right.
Prevent Ulcers and Stomach Cancer– Vitamin C prevents free radical damage inside and outside of cells. Especially in parts of the body that regenerate rapidly like the digestive system. This suggests that it is effective in preventing colon and stomach cancer.
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