Take note: An orange a day can keep the doctor away, too

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  • Sweet, juicy oranges do not only make a delicious and healthy snack or addition to a meal, but are also good for a person’s health
  • A whole orange contains only about 60 calories and has no fat, cholesterol, or sodium; it’s also rich in Vitamin C
  • On the other hand, you must keep in mind that oranges should be consumed and enjoyed in moderation

In case you are not aware, just like apples, an orange a day keeps the doctor away, too.

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According to Live Science, San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores explained how sweet, juicy oranges do not only make a delicious and healthy snack or addition to a meal, but are also good for a person’s health; noting that a whole orange contains only about 60 calories and has no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Not to mention, also, that it it’s well-known for Vitamin C.

Here are the reasons why you should eat orange regularly:

*Prevents constipation – The fiber found in oranges makes it effective in preventing and providing relief from constipation.

*Good for the eyes – Oranges are a decent source of Vitamin A; which along with other bioflavonoid compounds helps the eyes from macular degeneration, cataracts, and even blindness due to deterioration of vision.

*For healthy teeth and gums – Citrus fruits like orange help keep gums healthy by strengthening the blood vessels and tissues that hold gums and teeth, as well as use Vitamin C to reduce gum inflammation.

*Regulates blood pressure – Oranges, which contains potassium that dilates blood vessels, help regulate blood pressure along with the bio-flavonoids that improve flexibility of the vessels. This fruit also enhances the function of your kidneys; the organs that play a role in blood pressure regulation.

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*Decreases asthma attacks – Regular consumption of oranges has been attributed to decrease the frequency of asthma attacks. It is also capable of eliminating asthma attacks in a subset of the population.

*Heart protection – Regular consumption of oranges, which has a high level of soluble fiber that promotes fat removal from blood, provide protection for the heart by assisting the body to lower the level of cholesterol.

*Prevents cancer – Oranges contain certain phytochemicals that fight the spread of cancer; especially on the skin, colon, and stomach.

Not too much, though

On the other hand, while oranges can do wonders to your health, you must keep in mind that these should be consumed and enjoyed in moderation.

“Eating too many oranges has some uncomfortable side effects,” Flores said. “When [oranges are] eaten in excess, the greater fiber content can affect digestion, causing abdominal cramps, and could also lead to diarrhea.”