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8 Medicinal Properties Of Orange Peels You Don’t Know Of

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Although oranges are one of the most common fruits eaten all around the world, very few people know that their peel is a source of a wide range of nutrients that help our health.

For most of us it’s a norm to throw the peel in the trash bin not knowing that they have many properties that can be of great benefit to us, many do not know the effects of these peels on our body can prevent the development of several diseases because its flavor isn’t as tasty as the fruit or juice itself. However, its active compounds are reason enough to consider adding it to our diet.

Apart from this, there are also many recipes we you can use the peels for to enjoy its exotic, citric touch in spite of its bitter flavor. In today’s article, we will be sharing with you 8 interesting medicinal properties of orange peels you’ll greatly to benefit from.

8 Medicinal Properties of Orange Peels You Don’t Know of

1. Orange peels prevents cholesterol

Orange peels have phytochemicals and flavonoids that can be a natural remedy for people with uncontrolled cholesterol. They are antioxidants that cleans your arteries thereby preventing the formation of plaque that causes blockages and blood clots. Also it’s beneficial for your cardiovascular health because it diminishes the risk of hypertension, heart attacks, and strokes.

2. It fights heartburn
Because the active compounds in this peel have an alkaline effect, it thereby reduces stomach acid. so drinking it, either in smoothies or tea, balances your digestive pH level and reduces the production of too much acid when you’re having digestive issues. So in cases of severe and repetitive heartburn, you should drink it once a day for 20 days.

3. It relieves digestive problems

Do you know that on average every 100 grams of orange peels can give you up to 10.6 grams of fiber which is an essential nutrient for helping your digestive health. Therefor eating it on a regular basis speeds up bowel movements and at the same time encourages the removal of waste stored in the colon, which is one of the best homemade remedies for preventing irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and inflammatory diseases. Plus, it gives positive effects to the microbial flora that protect your intestines.

4. It has antibacterial properties
The natural extracts in this ingredient have a high content of phenol and antioxidant compounds and at the same time, have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. So both inside and out, it can fight a series of harmful pathogens, including E. Coli. or Listeria monocytogenes.

5. It prevents and fights respiratory diseases

Because orange peels have up to 10 times more vitamin C than orange juice, it’s therefor one of the best ways for strengthening your body’s immune system because the antioxidant nutrient slows the proliferation of viruses and bacteria and also strengthens your defense mechanisms to prevents respiratory diseases like Bronchitis, Colds, The flu, Allergies, Asthma,Lung cancer

6. It improves your dental health
Do you know chewing a little orange peel can help you freshen your breath, control bacteria, avoid getting yellow spots on your teeth because it extracts and essential oils that give you a protective barrier against the harmful effects of bacterial plaque and infections associated with it. Chewing orange peels is also recommended for patients with sensitive teeth because applying it reduces the symptoms, so you can apply grated orange peels like a paste, or rub the inner part against your teeth.

7. It helps you lose weight
Because is low in calories, has fiber, and has detoxifying properties that help you lose weight, drinking it as a tea or adding it to other recipes encourages your body’s cleansing processes and also prolongs the feeling of being full, thereby keeping you from eating too many calories.

8. It helps your skin’s appearance
Because orange peels on the outside, gives you interesting benefits, you will enjoy both the health and beauty benefits it gives you. Its high content of vitamin C reduces the presence of spots and other marks caused by premature aging. Through its extracts, orange peels help you clear and cover these small spots, including the ones  caused by sun exposure, burns, and toxins. Also orange peel infusions act as a natural tonic because it cleans your pores deeply to prevent the formation of blackheads, pimples, and acne.

Credit: SteptoHealth

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