Why you should eat Oranges

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Oranges - its good for you, your skin, health, bones & mindWe notice that many of our Office Fruit Box clients shy away from Oranges, as its often sour, difficult to handle (require slicing or peeling). We decided that if we can convince you to give the humble orange a chance you’ll benefit more.

The Orange is Nutrient-dense, affordable and delicious, this amazing fruit has numerous physical and mental health benefits.

Vitamin C

Oranges are extremely high in vitamin C. One cup of raw orange contains approximately 106 percent of a man’s and 128 percent of a woman’s recommended daily allowance of this incredible nutrient. Among its numerous benefits, vitamin C is vital to producing, maintaining and repairing your skin, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and blood vessels.

Anti-Stress

Oranges are also high in vitamin B-1, with 1 cup containing nearly 15 percent of your RDA. Also known as thiamine, this vitamin helps your body deal with stress by providing a boost to your immune system.

Stroke Prevention

Oranges are a great source of vitamin B-9, or folate. This vitamin helps reduce your risk of stroke by keeping concentrations of the amino acid homocysteine at normal levels. Oranges are also high in potassium, a mineral associated with decreased stroke risk.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Oranges are a rich source of the polyphenol hesperidin. This chemical improves blood flow by contributing to the healthy dilation of blood vessels and helps lower diastolic blood pressure.

Cancer Prevention

Oranges are rich in antioxidants, which help to eliminate potentially cancer-causing free radicals from your body. Folate is also associated with a reduced risk of cancer, including cancers of the colon, breast, cervix, pancreas and stomach.

Weight Loss

One cup of oranges contains only 85 calories, making this a nutrient-dense, low-calorie food. The same serving also contains 4.3 grams of dietary fiber. This compound aids in weight loss by promoting regular bowel movements and helping you feel full for longer periods of time.

Healthy Skin

Free radicals contribute to your body’s aging process. The high levels of antioxidants found in oranges help to reduce damage to your skin caused by high levels of free radicals. A diet rich in oranges can thus result in fewer wrinkles and healthier-looking skin as you age.

Age-Related Conditions

In addition to minimizing the impact of aging on your skin, oranges help prevent multiple age-related conditions. Their high folate concentration reduces the impact of age-related hearing loss and macular degeneration. Further benefits are provided by oranges’ high levels of thiamine and vitamin C, which help to prevent the development of cataracts.

Bone Health

A cup of raw oranges contains approximately 7 percent of your RDA of calcium, a mineral essential for bone health. Vitamin C and potassium also contribute to building and maintaining healthy bones. With this combination of nutrients, oranges can play an important role in helping prevent osteoporosis.

Mental Health

The benefits of oranges are not limited to their physical impact. Their high folate concentrations increase the effectiveness of treatments for depression. Further benefits are provided by hesperidin, which helps to prevent neurodegenerative disorders. Similar benefits may be offered by the high thiamine concentrations in oranges, as low thiamine levels are associated with dementia.

Ambrosia Ventures Fruit Box Solutions

We supply oranges to many clients, but its still not the favorite fruit (which is actually bananas). We hope to encourage more clients to start having fruits in the office for employees to consume. Reduce the urge to smoke, snack on chocolate/sweets, or reach out for a can of sugar laden carbonated drink. We want more and more companies in Singapore to get on to having an Ambrosia Ventures supplied Office Fruit Box – laden with fresh fruit produce. Get one TODAY!!