An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what of oranges?
Oranges are one of the cheapest and most common fruit in Nigeria today. They also add many benefits to one’s health.
Here are five reasons you should take more oranges;
1. Oranges increase water consumption for the day
One orange is the equivalent of half cup of water. Men are supposed to take roughly four liters of water, and women should drink about three liters of water in a day.
Drinking enough water helps your metabolism, organs, helps with weight loss and gives you energy.
2. Protects the skin
Oranges contain vitamin C. Topical vitamin C or oral vitamin C works like magic on your skin. They protect the skin from free radicals that can cause wrinkles and skin damage.
3. Protects the eyes
Oranges possess carotenoids, and this keeps the mucus membrane healthy, thus maintaining almost perfect eyesight.
Macular degeneration also affects eyesight as people age; oranges reduce the damage aging brings.
4. Lowers blood pressure
Another nutritional component of oranges is Vitamin B6 and magnesium. These nutrients promote good blood health. Vitamin B6 increases the production of hemoglobin, which regulates blood pressure.
5. Helps with constipation
Oranges are a source of soluble and insoluble fiber. If you are feeling constipated or have irritable bowel, oranges help with the smooth running of the stomach.
Taking whole oranges is better than drinking packaged orange juice. You might be fooled into thinking that drinking orange juice is just as good as an actual orange, but they are packed with calories and preservatives that are not so healthy.
Freshly squeezed orange juice is better.
Nevertheless, some people might be allergic to oranges because of citric and ascorbic acid which may cause heartburn.