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    Orange - Citrus Sinensis

    Orange

    Orange is a well-known fruit often referred to as santra or naranga. We are all aware of the numerous health advantages and vitamin C content of oranges. They include beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber in addition to being loaded with vitamins and nutrients. They are beneficial to your health since they cleanse and alkalize.

    Oranges are healthy for you in several ways. They first aid in weight loss and immunity building. Its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities might be advantageous to you. Orange juice has anti-inflammatory qualities and could be used to treat long-term illnesses.

    Synonyms of Orange

    • Citrus sinensis
    • Santra
    • Kamla
    • Musambi
    • Nembu

    Nutritional Facts of Orange

    Nutritional value per 100 g

     

    Energy:47 kcal
    Carbohydrates:11.75 g
    Sugars:9.35 g
    Dietary fiber:2.4 g
    Fat:0.12 g
    Protein:0.94 g

    Phytochemical Constituents of Orange

    • Flavonoids
    • Phenols
    • Terpenoids
    • Tannins
    • Alkaloids and saponins

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    Therapeutic Uses of Orange

    • Treat Anemia

    Oranges’ vitamin C may help people absorb iron. Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, a nutrient that is necessary for the body to completely absorb iron. Having at least one orange for a snack each day could aid in the healing process. And helps to treat anemia.

     

    • Good for Rheumatoid arthritis

    Orange juice consumption helps to treat arthritis by reducing inflammation. The anti-inflammatory qualities of oranges aid in the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis.

     

    • Defends Against Inflammation

    A meal heavy in fat and glucose causes inflammation. Orange juice consumption reduces inflammation in the body, making it an effective preventive tool against the onset of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis when combined with a high-carb, high-fat meal.

     

    • Battles against Viral infection

    Several advantages come along with the sourness and acidity. Oranges have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. One who regularly consumes this fruit never contracts any viral diseases.

     

    • Assures Good Eye Health

    Vitamin A, C, and E, as well as plant flavonoids, are abundant in citrus fruits like oranges. These nutrients help prevent macular degeneration, cataracts, and eye dryness.

     

    • Enhances Digestion

    A daily orange can certainly ward against illnesses. Oranges contain a lot of water. An orange is equivalent to a half-glass of water. They promote the body’s ability to absorb micronutrients including glucose, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, as well as ensure regular bowel movements. They also help the body stay more hydrated.

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    Home Remedies Orange

    • Beat depression and ward off a cold

    Orange peel has several health advantages, including the capacity to thin mucus and lessen cold symptoms. As a result, drinking orange peel tea is the ideal all-natural way to treat a cold, relieve congestion, get rid of excess gas, and settle an upset stomach. Additionally, it is proven to combat stress-related problems including depression.

     

    • Hair Conditioner

    Orange peels can be added to shampoo, then used to wash your hair. Adding a good smell to your crowning splendor will give you a pleasant and refreshing feeling. A similar conditioner is beneficial for itching scalps.

     

    • Skin Whitening

    Orange peel works as a natural bleaching agent for the skin. Apply the paste made from sandalwood and the peels to your entire face. Your skin will seem brighter with continued use. This pack eliminates unpleasant odors and is especially beneficial for oily skin.

    Ayurvedic Aspects of Orange

    Ayurveda asserts that oranges have a sour and sweet flavor (rasa). It contains Vishadam-like characteristics, which means it cleans the gastrointestinal system and clears the body’s channels and blood vessels. Additionally, it possesses hridya Good for Heart properties and functions as a cardiac tonic. It helps to relieve indigestion, abdominal pain, worm infestation, and colic pain while balancing vata.

     

    Daily Dose: One should not consume more than 3-4 oranges in one day.

    Side Effects of Orange

    • Allergies

    After consuming oranges, sensitive individuals have had allergic symptoms such as fatigue and skin discoloration on the arms or legs.

     

    • Abdominal Issues

    Oranges are excellent for your health, but you should only consume them in moderation. Oranges’ high fiber content might interfere with digestion and cause cramping in the stomach and diarrhea. This fruit can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and other issues when consumed in excess.

    References

    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(fruit)#:~:text=Orange%20flesh%20is%2087%25%20water,significant%20amounts%20(see%20table).
    2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280565620_Phytochemical_Constituents_and_Proximate_Analysis_of_Orange_Peel_citrus_Fruit#:~:text=The%20phytochemicals%20examined%20were%20flavonoids,chemical%20components%20at%20permissible%20levels.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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