The Europeans had the pleasure of tasting this very juicy fruit around 15th century thanks to the Portuguese, Moorish and Italian traders and explorers who found it on their voyage in Asia, and then thanks to Christopher Columbus, who planted the first orange tree in the Caribbean Islands, the seed was brought to the New World. So, as a fruit, the orange is very healthy and it has many benefits when it comes to our health. They have no fat, sodium or cholesterol. Plus, one orange has only about 85 calories! When it comes to which vitamins they contain, of course, the orange is famous for vitamin C. Whether you decide to drink it or eat it, make sure you’re doing it often (but not too oft so that orange can boost our body and has its amazing benefits on us.
The oranges are great choice when you’re dealing with the flu or with a virus, because they can boost our immunity system thanks to their vitamin C content. Besides this, can help in preventing ourselves from chronic conditions, like cancer or a heart disease.
Except for vitamin C, the orange is also rich in potassium which helps our heart to function in the right way. So when we have less than the needed level of potassium, we might develop arrhythmia. Also, the orange contains folate and it lowers homocysteine, which is considered as cardiovascular risk factor.
Vitamin C helps us in repairing any skin damage which is caused by the sun and pollution. Oranges also contain beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that not only it repairs it, but also protects our skin and it makes it look more beautiful.
Oranges are considered as one of the healthiest food for diabetics. They are high in fiber and it can lower the blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes, while in people with type 2 diabetes, orange can improve blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels.
5. Weight Loss
Oranges have a glycemic index of 40, which means that as long as we don’t eat a lot of oranges at the same time, they won’t spike our blood sugar and cause problems with insulin or weight gain. So we definitely should make oranges a part of our every day menu, especially if we have digestion problems or want to lose weight (or both!).
6. Good Vision
The orange contains carotenoid compounds that help in preventing age-related macular degeneration, while the vitamin A helps our eyes in absorbing light and improves night vision.
Except for being rich with carotenoids and vitamin C, the oranges are rich with citrus limonoids that can help in fighting different types of cancer, including that of the colon, the skin or breast cancer.
8. Kidney Diseases
If you want to have a fully healthy kidney, then you might want to add more oranges in your diet. But, you should be careful with drinking the juice, because with overdrinking it, the high level of sugar content found in fruit juices can damage tooth enamel and the high acid content can wear away enamel.
Oranges are very beneficial when it comes to digestion, because a digestion requires plenty of water, and oranges do have it. They are also rich in fiber and it can stimulate the digestive juices. They keep us hydrated and can improve our nutrient absorption.
If you regulary drink orange juice or just eat the orange, it can benefit you when it comes to cholesterol. The are rich in soluble fiber and one medium orange provides us with about 2 to 3 g of soluble fiber.