These yummy citrus fruits give us a lot more than its delicious, refreshing and irresistible sweet and sour combination. They also have a handful of benefits for our body and our health. So if you are not so much into having oranges after your meals or for snacks, you better start loving them now. We have the reasons why.
Oranges, like other citrus fruits, are rich in Vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber. Moreover, they are also rich in antioxidants that are responsible for most of their health benefits. Having one whole orange to yourself a little more often could do a lot.
If you have not heard, oranges could help decrease your blood pressure. Oranges contain hesperidin which has positive effects on a person’s blood pressure. This was according to a research.
Oranges also could reduce the risk of mortality. As mentioned earlier, oranges are way too abundant in Vitamin C which is also popularly known as ascorbic acid. People with high levels of Vitamin C in their bodies have higher chances of survival when experiencing a disease like cancer. Again, this was according to recent study. Moreover, Vitamin C boosts the immune system. The immune system protects the body for bacteria, viruses and other foreign elements that could harm the body. So, a strong immune system means better defense against diseases and infections. It simply means that you do not even have to bother about your chances of survival if you are not likely to acquire a disease, right? You go, Vitamin C!
Oranges also have the uncanny ability to lower LDL cholesterol. Low density lipoprotein cholesterol or simply LDL cholesterol is the one called the bad cholesterol. It increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Flavonoids contained in oranges are responsible for lowering the amount of LDL cholesterol in the body. Yes, cholesterol is essential in certain bodily functions but too much could harm you or even put your life in danger. It is indeed a good thing oranges are there to our rescue.
Since oranges have the ability to lower low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL cholesterol), they also have the capacity to cut the risk of a cardiovascular disease. People who drank orange juice oranges after eating a meal full of fats were found to have lower inflammatory rate after the meal as compared with those who simply drank water or a sugary liquid. Reduction of the inflammation is highly essential in preventing cardiovascular ailments. So you see, oranges are not simply good for the immune system that serve as the protectors of the body but also for the heart.
If these health benefits do not convince you to start having more of oranges in your daily diet, I wonder what will. We are only entitled to one life and we must take every means to take care of it and enjoy it at its optimum. There are plenty of ways to keep the body healthy and one sure-fire way to do so is to have more oranges. Go for those scrumptious little orange fellows and lead a healthy life.