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Why orange water? Well chances are you’ve probably read all about the benefits of drinking water with lemon and maybe even about the benefits of cucumber and lime water? This might make you think, “what about the benefits of using other citrus fruits with water?”
That is an excellent question.
Each citrus plant has a unique profile of nutrients and groups of antioxidants. This means that all of them can be a great addition to water.
Also, for those that want to add something sweeter than lemon or lime to their water, how about orange?
To help you make this decision to start drinking orange water, here is how to make orange water and all the benefits of drinking it.
Water With Orange Slices Benefits
Oranges Are Great For The Immune System
The high vitamin C content of oranges is very good news for your immune system. Because, as many of us know, vitamin C is one of the strongest vitamins that support the optimal functioning of the immune system.
Eating oranges or drinking oranges in the water during the cold and flu season can help protect you from these nasty insects. It can also help to prevent ear infections.
In addition, orange contains numerous flavonoid antioxidants, including anthocyanins, hesperitin and naringenin, as well as polyphenolic antioxidants. All of these antioxidants help combat inflammation and further strengthen your body’s defenses.
Oranges are full of nutrients
You probably already know that oranges are very rich in vitamin C. These fruits are practically the poster child of this important antioxidant. The orange peel actually contains almost twice as much vitamin C as meat, another reason to use orange peels in water!
Oranges contain Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Calcium, Pantothenic Acid, Copper and Potassium together with Vitamin C. Orange peels are also a good source of fiber. In addition, these fruits are loaded with antioxidants and volatile essential oils.
Oranges can help your skin to look its best
Vitamin C is instrumental in your skin’s production of collagen, the substance that keeps your skin supple, smooth and youthful. Thanks to this powerful vitamin, drinking orange water on a regular basis can help keep your skin looking vibrant and young. Since vitamin C (and the other antioxidants found in oranges) help to fight inflammation, you may also see improvement in inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema by drinking orange water on a regular basis.
Oranges Can Improve Vision
The beta carotene in oranges is an antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A in the body. This vitamin, among many other benefits, can help protect your vision, especially as you get older. Eating oranges and other foods containing beta-carotene can also help you see more clearly at night.
Oranges Have Been Linked to Combatting Cancer
The hesperidin and other flavonoid antioxidants found in oranges have also shown significant potential in the fight against cancer cells. The authors of a study published in the journal Life Sciences in 2015 wrote about this potential:
“Hesperidin (HSD) and its aglycone, hesperetin (Hst) are two flavonoids from citrus species have different biological properties, especially those for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown chemopreventive effects against cancer, and cancer HSD and HST. The chemopreventive properties of HSD cancer and Hst are primarily associated with its antioxidant activity, radical scavenging and anti-inflammatory. Continue to affect HSD and HST in different stages of cancer.”
In addition, the limonoids were put together in oranges and their shells to destroy the cancer cells. So there is a lot of anti-carcinogenic activity in oranges.
Oranges Are Good For The Heart
Oranges can help protect your heart and your entire cardiovascular system in a number of ways. First, they are high in fiber, which is important for the optimal functioning of the cardiovascular system.Second, oranges contain flavonoid antioxidants, including hesperidin. These antioxidants have been implicated in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing inflammation and protecting the heart.
Orange Peels May Improve Digestion
Oranges contain a good amount of fiber (if you eat the skin and the marrow), which is important for proper digestion. The type of fiber found in oranges can help maintain your regular digestion. In addition, vitamin C in oranges can help prevent and even help to cure colorectal cancer.
Orange Peels Can Help With Allergies
It has been found that orange peels have anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic properties. Therefore, eating (or drinking with water) can help alleviate allergy symptoms, especially over time.
Orange Water Recipe
Making orange water is very easy with this 3 step recipe.
- Start with organic oranges. This is especially important if you are not going to remove the shell.
- Squeeze the juice of one or two oranges into a glass of filtered water.
- Then add some of the peel to your cup, and stir: add as much or as little as you want.
Alternatively, you can stir an orange peel in boiling water and drink it once cool. If you like, add in some mint leaves and ginger to freshen and spice up the taste.
Does Orange Water Help Lose Weight?
While oranges are sweet, they have a relatively low glycemic index.
Especially if you keep your diet based on plants and practice regular exercise.
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