Healthy Food: Oranges decrease risk of cancers and inflammation; lower high blood pressure

Oranges' array of phytonutrients are associated with its healing properties.

Oranges' array of phytonutrients are associated with its healing properties.

I’ll start out with what most people consider when they think of oranges-vitamin C. Vitamin C is the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant. It disarms free radicals (check last Thursday) and prevents damage to the aqueous environment both inside and outside the cells. Basically it decreases the risk of cancers and inflammation. Their vitamin C content, also appear to lower the incidence of infections that cause peptic ulcers and in turn increases risk of stomach cancer. Oranges array of phytonutrients are associated with its healing properties. Flavnone, herperidin (phytonutrient) have been shown to lower high blood pressure. Most of these benefits are found in the peel and the inner white pulp. What oranges do for the heart:

  • folate content lower levels of cardiovascular risk factor, homocysterine
  • potassium lowers blood pressure, protects against stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias
  • class of compounds known as polymethorylated flavones (PMFs) have the potential to lower cholesterol more than prescription  drugs, without the side effects

What oranges can do for cancer:

  • beta-cryptoxanthin lowers the risk of developing lung cancer
  • Compounds called limonoids have been shown to fight cancers of the mouth, skin, breast, lung, stomach, and colon

If that all isn’t enough, oranges dietary fiber helps to control blood sugar levels. Grab an orange today!

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