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    Oranges, like other citrus fruits, is an excellent source of vitamin C, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is rich in dietary fiber, pectin, which is very effective in persons with excess body weight. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood.

    Naringenin, one of the flavonoids found in citrus fruits, is found to have a bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator. Oranges also contain very good levels of vitamin A which is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Orange fruit also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure through countering sodium actions. The calcium in oranges helps to keep your bones and teeth strong.

    Orange fruit juice is a well cherished drink all over the world. However, raw fruits are considered wholesome than their juice in terms of antioxidant benefits. If you wish to go for fresh orange juice, then the juice prepared at home is the best instead of the regular orange juices available in tins / cartons as they may contain preservatives and artificial colorants.