Mandarin oranges, sometimes called tangerines, are a common, quick snack for the young and old. Mandarins are also used in main dishes, salads and desserts, such as gelatin and pudding. However, this grab-and-go snack does more than provide a pleasing taste. Mandarin oranges have multiple health benefits, from reducing the risk of cancer to weight loss.
Mandarin oranges can lower your risk of liver cancer, says the RxPG News site. In a study published in the March 2009 issue of Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, researchers found that, people with chronic viral hepatitis who drank mandarin orange juice reduced their risk of developing liver cancer. In the 2.5-year study, participants with the disorder hepatitis who consumed a beverage containing mandarin juice daily showed no signs of liver cancer. This is in contrast to the 8.9 percent rate of liver cancer found among the participants who did not drink the daily beverage.
Mandarin oranges are a good source of dietary fiber, with 3 grams of fiber per 100-gram serving. Regularly eating fiber helps you feel fuller longer, reducing your desire or need to eat more food, assisting in weight loss. Women should consume about 25 grams of fiber daily, and men need about 38 grams. Adding mandarin oranges to your meals often can supply you a significant part of this daily requirement.
Mandarins also help to lower blood pressure levels. They consist of nutrients and minerals like potassium that lowers the blood pressure. Mandarins keep the blood flowing smoothly through the arteries, which keeps the blood pressure normal.
Vitamin C present in mandarin is very good for skin, both when consumed internally and applied topically on the skin. Regular intake of mandarin juice makes the skin glow and improves the skin tone to a great extent. The antioxidants present in mandarin protect the skin from harsh UVA rays and help the skin to resist the damage caused by the sun and free radicals. It also reduces the signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes.
Reviewed by: Dr. Melvin Gaskins
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