Benefits of Oranges
What are oranges?
Oranges are biologically classified as the Citrus genus of the Rutaceae family. There are several species and varieties, such as the China orange, also called the sweet, or common, orange (Citrus ×sinensis); the mandarin orange (C. reticulata), including tangerines; and the sour, or Seville, orange (C. ×aurantium), which is less vastly grown.
The tree of the sweet orange often reaches 6 metres in height with broad, glossy, and evergreen leaves, and its white five-petaled flowers are very fragrant. Oranges are acknowledged to be native to the tropical Asian regions, especially the Malay Archipelago, along with other citrus species.
The popularity of orange-juice drinking has increased since 1920, and many crucial consumer products are now made from oranges, namely, candied peel, aromatherapy essential oils, and orange marmalade.
Benefits of eating oranges
With nutrients and protective plant compounds, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, oranges are the perfect healthy choice of fruits to consume daily. Here is why.
1. Oranges are water-rich foods.Roughly 60-70% of the human body is made of water, and water-rich foods like oranges contribute more to your daily fluid needs. Consuming enough daily fluid is helpful in supporting mental and physical fuel, improving overall circulation in your body, optimising organ function, and maximising metabolism.
2. Oranges are helpful for a diet plan.A medium orange contains about three grams of fibre, 12% of the daily recommendation. The fibre in oranges supports digestive function, regulates blood sugar and insulin levels, makes you feel full, and even induces you to have a healthy sleep. Also, the type of fibre in oranges is especially useful in reducing fat accumulation.
3. Oranges' vitamin C stands for Citrus!
Oranges are rich in vitamin C. This is what we already know. Then why is vitamin C good for us?
Vitamin C contributes to our immune function, helps produce collagen, reduces inflammation, and boosts the body's ability to use fat as a fuel source, both during exercise and rest. Vitamin C also helps increase iron absorption, enhancing oxygen availability and reducing fatigue. It also acts as an ageing-fighting antioxidant, and is required for DNA repair and serotonin production, which control our happiness level and sleep quality!
Eating oranges vs drinking orange juice
One cup (248 mL) of pure orange juice contains nearly double the calories and sugar of a whole orange. Orange fruit juice has much less fibre than the orange itself, therefore is easier to overconsume. Drinking too much of any fruit juice isn't good for your overall health because it may contribute to excessive calorie consumption. Consequently, it is often better to eat the whole fruit than to drink its juices.
Benefits of Orange Scent in Aromatherapy
Orange scent essential oil is often obtained from the peels of sweet orange by cold compression. The orange scent used in aromatherapy may alleviate anxiety, anger, depression, and certain bodily inflammations, supporting digestion and easing nausea. A study also suggests that aromatherapy using orange essential oil may assist in improving cognitive function.
It can create a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter, which may be perfect for people who suffer from depression or chronic anxiety. Research published in the Advanced Biomedical Research journal suggests that the natural essential oil of orange might help reduce pulse rate and salivary cortisol secreted when one is in a state of anxiety.