5 health benefits of the juicy citrus fruit


WEB DESK: Renowned for its concentration of vitamin C, oranges are the perfect snack for energy boosting effect. The juicy citrus fruit is commonly available in winters with seasonal variations.

Oranges are low in calories but full of nutrients.They promote clear, healthy skin and also help to lower the risk of getting various fatal diseases.

Here are five reasons why you should have at least one orange every day.

1. Prevents cardiac diseases

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The fiber, potassium and vitamin C in oranges support heart health. Thus, oranges lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

According to a study, those who consume more potassium per day had a 49 percent lower risk of death from heart diseases than those who consume less of the beneficial mineral.

2. Prevents kidney diseases

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Drinking orange juice regularly prevents kidney diseases and reduces the risk of kidney stones. It works as an alternative supplement for the kidney patients.

This citrus fruit helps prevent kidney stone by allowing for more citrate in the urine and decreasing the acidity of urine.

3. Prevents risk of Cancer

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Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids, proven to fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin,lung, breast, stomach and colon.

According to a study conducted  in Japan eating oranges reduces liver cancer. This may be due in part to vitamin A compounds known as carotenoids.

4.  Enhances the beauty of skin

Orange juice helps to make you look young and enhances the beauty of your skin. Drinking orange juice regularly helps to improve skin complexion by defeating the aging effects.

It is good in prevention of acne, pimples, wrinkles and fine lines. The problem of sunburn can also be reduced by drinking orange juice.

5. Control Blood Pressure

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Orange juice contains a plant pigment called ‘hesperidin’ that is beneficial for overall smooth functioning of blood vessels which utimately helps in keeping blood pressure at a balance. It also decreases bad cholesterol or low density lipo protein in the body.