Medicinal Benefits of Tangerine

Medicinal Benefits of Tangerine

Medicinal Benefits of Tangerine

by December 24, 2014 0 comments

Tangerine is a specific variant of Mandarin oranges (Citrus Reticulate) which is reddish orange in colour. It belongs to the family of Rutaceae and is cultivated mainly in the tropical forests of Africa and Asia. It is a fibrous fruit that peels easily.

In fact, tangerines are currently in their full season in Nigeria. Most people take them because they are sweet, not necessarily because they have potent powers in preventing diseases such as cancer and heart diseases.

Nutritionists say that tangerines are not just tasty and refreshing; they note that the citrus fruit are packed with medicinal compounds such as flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and potassium in significant quantities that may not be found in other plants.

A nutritionist, Dr. Tosin Akinsanya, says the exceptional health quality of tangerine is the fact that it contains compounds that have one benefit or the other for every part of the body, from the cell of the body to the vital organs of the body when taken appropriately.

The nutritionist, who has authored a book on the cancer prevention properties of the citrus fruit, notes that two bulbs of tangerine contain 25.5 milligrammes of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that suppresses cancer-forming cells from thriving in the body.

He explains that tangerines also have flavonoids, which boasts enviable anti-cancer properties that stop the proliferation of tumours.

Akinsanya states, ??If there is any reason why we should eat tangerine, it is because of its role in prevention and management of cancer. Science has been showing us that the solution to cancer may eventually be in fruits. For one, tangerine has flavonoids and antioxidants that neutralise free radicals, which are disease-causing molecules in the body.

Akinsanya adds that the quantity of vitamins C and A in five bulbs of tangerine is more than what you can find in any drug prescribed for the purpose of getting this nutrient.

Vitamin C is vital to all processes going on in the body. Akinsanya says this nutrient is crucial to the synthesis of collagen in the body. Collagen is also the body of cells that gather to hold together the tendons, ligaments, bones and blood vessels and the muscles of the body.

??Its nutritional components contribute to the health of all parts of the body, from cell DNA to the bones and heart. Tangerines are smaller than oranges, but they pack more vitamin A and iron, and vitamin C.

??But you have to eat it right. Don??t just drink its juice and throw the flesh away. More than 80 per cent of its nutrient is in the flesh. Eat it up to get its full benefits,?? he counsels.

Akinsanya says one should ensure that they take advantage of this seasonal fruit which, he says, helps lower cholesterol, that is fatty acid levels, in the body.

Looking at lowering your risk for heart diseases and other cardiovascular diseases by reducing your cholesterol levels? Scientists say you may want to eat more tangerines, especially its peel.

Bitter, right? But an extensive research by scientists in the United States and Canada reveals that a compound called polymethoxylated flavones found in the peels of tangerine can lower one??s risk of getting coronary heart disease by over 50 per cent.

A joint study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and KGK Synergise, a Canadian nutraceutical company, states that tangerine peel, when eaten in small quantities, has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects.

The finding, which is described in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, notes that polymethoxylated flavones have striking heart disease and inflammation prevention properties.

The scientists, using statistics gathered from 300 clinical trials, believe that this is the first time science has shown that PMFs can lower cholesterol; the researchers conclude that tangerine peels should be recommended as an option for patients who present with heart diseases at the clinic.

??Our study has shown that PMFs have the most potent cholesterol-lowering effect of any other citrus flavonoid. We believe that PMFs have the potential to rival and even beat the cholesterol-lowering effect of some prescription drugs, without the risk of side effects.??

While selecting tangerines, always look for the heavy ones. More weight equals more juice. Store them in the fridge to retain their freshness. If you buy too many tangerines at a go, rinse them off in cold water and dry them well with a piece of cotton clothes and store them in the fridge.

Still in doubt of the health benefits of this fruit? Experts on livestrong.com highlight other interesting medicinal attributes of tangerines.

Fibre: Tangerines contain a generous amount of fibre, a specialised type of carbohydrate. Each cup of tangerine sections ? approximately two medium tangerines ? provides 3.5 grammes of dietary fibre which aids digestion and prevent colon cancer.

Your body doesn??t break fibre down into energy like it does with other carbohydrates; fibre passes through your digestive tract, loosening your stool to help keep you regular. Fibre fights obesity, and it also can help lower blood cholesterol levels, which in turn can help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease. Each bulb-cup of tangerines provides nine to 14 per cent of the recommended daily fibre intakes for women and men respectively, as set by the Institute of Medicine.

Fights pimples: Tangerine is a good source of vitamin A. If you are suffering from any skin diseases, such as acne and pimples, you are encouraged to have plenty of vitamin A and apply products that are derivatives of the vitamin. Hence, tangerine can be a good option for treating these skin problems.

When it comes to healing wounds and other damages to the skin, vitamin A is essential for them, since it helps the skin rebuild tissues. If you wish to control or remove any skin ageing symptoms such as fine lines, wrinkles, or keep dull skin at bay.

Source: Punch

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