(HealthyLifeHacks.net) – For many of us, there is nothing more refreshing to the palette or the senses than a juicy, ripe orange. The tangy, sweet aroma smells heavenly. The citrus scents primarily come from the orange peel, where there are many other hidden surprises. Aside from the rejuvenation properties it has, there are other benefits as well. Let’s explore the sneaky benefits of orange peels.
May Prevent Certain Types of Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, it’s expected that there will be over 29.5 million new cancer cases annually by 2040. That’s a staggering statistic and one that stops most of us in our tracks.
The good news is, the hidden properties inside orange peels may combat that risk. Peels contain flavonoids that hinder a protein, RLIP76, sometimes linked to cancer. Peels also contain D-limonene, which may reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Helps Control Blood Sugar Levels
Blood glucose management can be challenging with people who have type 1 and type 2 diabetes. While oranges themselves contain a small amount of sugar (about 9 grams per small orange), the sneaky benefit lies in the peel.
Orange peels contain high amounts of pectin. This fiber helps control blood sugar levels. Orange peel extract helps reduce the onset of diabetic nephropathy. So, several parts of the orange helps combat high blood sugar.
Strengthens Heart Health
As we age, heart health becomes a concern. Taking good care of the cardiovascular system at every age is important, and oranges can help. Orange peels help protect the heart by reducing fat build-up in the arteries. Peels contain flavonoids called hesperidin. This helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
A surprising benefit to adding orange peels to our diets is that it fights inflammation. Inflammation plays a vital role in heart health and the body’s inflammatory response. When areas of inflammation are prevalent, it can damage healthy tissues and cells. The flavonoids in the peels permeate affected membranes and contribute to healing areas of inflammation.
How to Use Orange Peels
There are a number of ways to take advantage of the benefits of orange peels. We can use it as a garnish on our smoothies or cooked vegetables, add it to smoothies, and include it in our homemade salad dressing recipes. It can also make a great addition to our baking recipes. Try adding it to cakes or muffins for an extra zest of flavor. Orange peels can also be added to tea. Candied orange peels are a citrusy treat. There are so many recipes out there to choose from.
Whether we’re packing lunch or planning snacks, let’s not forget vitamin C-packed oranges. The entire fruit delivers surprising benefits that go beyond tasty. Before tossing the peels, remember the array of health advantages they offer. From fighting cancer to controlling blood sugar levels, oranges are the superfood that can benefit everyone.
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