Orange or Citrus aurantium belongs to the group of southern fruits (citrus fruits) and represents tropical to subtropical, small, green wood with a height of 5-8 meters. The fruit used in the diet is with orange or yellow crust, and sweet, juicy meat, rich in sugars, organic acids and vitamins needed in the diet. It originates from the warm regions of Southeast Asia and South China, and it has been spoken of since the beginning of the Christian era. These fruits were probably also known to ancient nations where the mythical golden apple “Hesperidum mala” is actually presumed to be orange. The fruit is used in diet and culinary, and the leaves and flowers in aromatherapy. Folk wisdom says that if the juice of this fruit is poured in the morning, it is gold, afternoon silver, and in the evening bronze. In the past it was very expensive, so the people could only afford it during the Christmas holidays. Today is at our table, available for everyone.
Orange is a valuable source of vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Due to its mineral composition, it has a remineralizing property – it helps to remove toxins from the human organism. Apart from the pulp, orange bark is also used – rich in ethereal oil, tannins, bitter substances, pectin and phytochemicals. If the bark is used, it is very important that the fruit is organic, without pesticides and other chemicals.
The present vitamin C participates in many important processes in the body. It improves iron resorption, accelerates metabolic processes, participates in the formation of collagen and improves the defense ability and vitality of the body. This vitamin helps fight fatigue, colds and flu. It acts as an antioxidant in the prophylaxis of some cancers and cardiovascular diseases. It also contains polysaccharide-pectin, which binds with bile acids and forms a gel in the intestine, which in turn covers the mucous membrane and thus reduces the absorption of fat and cholesterol. This pectin gel binds the intestines and prevents the absorption of sugars after a meal, which is of particular importance in the diet of diabetics. The orange abounds with carotenoids and flavonoids, which have an antioxidant effect in protecting the body from free radicals. They enhance the defense capability and protect the skin from harmful sun rays. Flavonoids have proven anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and antiviral activity. It increases the effect of vitamin C and improves its absorption.
Cooked, peeled orange, infused into a thicker layer of purulent ulcers, gives excellent results. Orange leaves and flowers are used to produce ethereal oil that is used against anxiety, insomnia and depression because it is one of the best mood enhancers. It helps with asthma and allergy, reduces fever and stimulates sweating.
What happens if you eat one orange per day:
It improves the appearance of the skin and hair
Reduces blood pressure
Helps in diseases of the respiratory system
Decreases inflammation in arthritis
It protects the cardiovascular system
Prevents gall bladder attacks
Keeps the cold and flu
Protects against many cancers