Come winter, come oranges. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like to eat oranges? I think the Nays are only a handful. Not only are delicious but they are also extremely healthy and beneficial. So, if you have been avoiding or not taking them regularly, then pick up an orange and read on to find amazing benefits. You would find them with the local fruit seller or even at the supermarket, where you might be accosted with different varieties- navel oranges, blood oranges, mandarins, tangerine, and the list goes on. Don’t be frazzled they all have the same properties. Nutrients These are citrus fruit and are primarily made of water (87%) and carbohydrates. It contains about 2.4 gm of dietary fibers, making it good for gut health. It contains only 9 gm of sugar, much less than other fruits, but it is low on the glycemic index. These are a huge source of essential vitamins and minerals like: · Vitamin C · Thiamine or vitamin B1 · Folate or vitamin B9 · Potassium · Calcium · Magnesium · Antioxidants like phenolic and carotenoids · Citric acid How Do Oranges Contribute To Health Benefits · Stroke Women who regularly ate citrus fruits like oranges had a 19% lower risk of ischemic stroke. Vitamin C is a natural blood thinner and strengthens the blood capillaries. · Cardiac health Fibre, potassium and vitamin C contribute to a healthy heart. Increased potassium intake with low sodium content, make it an excellent fruit for patients suffering from any cardiac ailment. It also reduces blood cholesterol and increases the production of good cholesterol. · Kidney stone These are excellent for kidneys and by drinking a glass of fresh juice every day, you can reduce the risk of kidney stone formation. · Cancer If you make your child drink oranges whole or as juice for the first 2 years of their life, you can reduce the chance of leukemia significantly. It also prevents the formation of free radicals and Vitamin C present is an excellent antioxidant. · Immunity These are an excellent source of beneficial nutrients, thus, aids in increasing your immunity. It is especially beneficial in fighting against any viral or bacterial infection. · Eyes These contains flavonoids which are excellent for having a good vision, with regular consumption, you can reduce the risk of cataract formation. · Diabetes It is good for both type 1 and types 2 diabetes since it has high fiber content and helps to increase body metabolism. But only the whole fruit should be consumed by diabetic patients and not the juice. · Hypertension If you have a family history of hypertension, then start to incorporate orange in your diet. ·Anaemia It is especially good for women since it leads to the production of hemoglobin and makes you feel healthy and energetic. · Gut It keeps the gut healthy and decreases the chance of constipation and formation of stomach ulcers. The acidic fruit on digestion releases alkaline mineral which is good for digestion. · PCOS More than a million women suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), and oranges with its low glycemic index help to improve insulin resistance in the body. · Weight loss Its high in water and fiber content but low on calories, thus it makes you full without indulging in overeating. Have an orange with your lunch or breakfast, and notice the change. Orange Benefits for Hair and Skin Oranges contain vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen, which is an essential component in the hair follicles and leads to hair growth and volume. The harmful UV rays and pollution has an adverse effect on the skin and the skin becomes dry and dull, acne and blemish formation and extreme tanning during the winters. With the approaching forties, the signs of aging appear like wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines. By having a glass of orange juice regularly your skin will look replenished and beautiful. Orange peel is used for DIY remedies for flawless skin and luscious tresses. The peel and the juice and the entire fruit contribute to making you healthy which reflects in making you look beautiful and gorgeous externally. So start eating oranges ASAP!