Friday, September 28, 2012

Benefits of Oranges

When we were children, we may have always thought of oranges as simply a source of Vitamin C.  In reality, oranges contain and provide more than just Vitamin C.  One medium size orange provides about 6% of the recommended Calcium which is important in building strong bones and teeth.  Aiding in the absorption of Calcium is Magnesium.

The niacin and thiamin are B vitamins found in oranges.  These vitamins help to promote energy and improve mental performance. Forgetfulness is partly caused by a deficiency in thiamin.  Eating oranges regularly can help nourish the mind with much needed thiamin to help improve memory.  Niacin also helps benefit the skin for a healthier-looking complexion.

The magnesium, potassium, and calcium found in oranges also assist the body's circulation system, helping prevent high blood pressure, protecting against stress, and increasing oxygen flow (which also affects mental clarity). 

Vitamin C, which oranges are a rich source of, helps prevent hardening of the arteries (which can lead to serious cardiovascular problems and lead to a heart attack).  Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant which helps to boost the immune system and destroy free radicals.

There are many other valuable nutrients found in oranges.  Learn more about oranges and their benefits.  Check some of these valuable resources which we've found very useful.

From Sunkist - one of the largest suppliers of citrus fruits -

From the Livestrong Foundation - an agency whose mission is to research and educate for the sake of healthier living and prevention of cancer and other illnesses -

From Better Homes and Gardens magazine - a guide to the different types of oranges -

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