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Whole orange, half and orange and quarter of an orange together.

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Via: Juicing For Health.com

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Authorities have been encouraging us to eat it for years, it contains the essential fibre we need to keep our bodies healthy, and provided with the antioxidants our bodies need to fight diseases like cancer.

The pith can sometimes be rather bitter, especially in the case of grapefruit and lemons. It is for this reason that we are encouraged to peel an orange with our hands, and not a knife, which removes most of the pith.

So the pith of citrus fruit can protect us against all the refined food that we eat.

In the orange family, there are also the Mandarin oranges (with loose skin), Clementine (loose skin and seedless), the tangerine (orange-red Mandarin), the Minneola (cross between tangerine and grapefruit), the blood orange that has dark burgundy colored flesh, kumquat, and a few other lesser known ones.

Other Health Benefits

An orange packs over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties, as well as strong anti-oxidant effects.

The combination of the high amount of anti-oxidant (vitamin C) and flavonoids in oranges makes it one of the best fruits in helping to promote optimal health.

Arteriosclerosis: Regularly consuming vitamin C retards the development of hardening of the arteries.

Cancer prevention: A compound in oranges called liminoid, has been found to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.  The high vitamin C content also acts as a good anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals.

Cholesterol: The alkaloid synephrine found under the orange peel can reduce the liver’s production of cholesterol.  Whereas the anti-oxidant fights oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in our blood.

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