Friday, February 1, 2013

Lungs and Oranges

Respiratory Benefits of Oranges

1. Oranges are rich in phytonutrient compounds which are known for their healing abilities. 
2. Limonoids in oranges helps in fighting cancers of the mouth, stomach, lungs, skin, breast and colon.
3. Orange is rich in beta-cryptoxanthin. This prevents lung cancer and promotes a healthy respiratory system. 
4. Oranges are also found to be good for asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and pneumonia.

A classic source of Vitamin C and potassium, fresh oranges provide nutrients that many people with asthma and COPD lack. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off secondary respiratory infections and prevent bronchial inflammation. Eating a variety of fruits, including citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, offers a potent blend of nutrients that can help to prevent free radical damage to the lungs.

Why is Orange Peel Beneficial?

Although orange peels are a common addition to the compost pile, next time you’re about to toss them, don’t. Like most fruits, oranges are full of nutrients and enzymes that help our bodies perform better. Orange peels are rich in flavonones, powerful antioxidants that help reduce oxidative damage and fight free radicals. Orange peel is also loaded with natural histamine suppressing compounds. If you have allergies or are close to someone who does, you understand how the sleepiness associated with some antihistamines can be just as disruptive as the histamine reaction itself.
Orange peel may provide an alternative. Perhaps one of the most amazing and beneficial qualities of orange peel is its histamine and inflammatory reducing action, which adds to its already long list of reasons for being highly effective as a lung cleansing herb

Orange Peel Uses

Although the high concentration of histamine reducing compounds in orange rind are effective at providing support for allergy related symptoms, its benefits extend further. Orange peel provides effective support against respiratory infections and even asthma related symptoms. It has a lung cleansing effect by breaking down and helping expel congestion associated with bronchitis, cold, and flu.
Eating orange peels also provides tremendous benefit. It’s not just the fruit that’s loaded with vitamin C, the rind is too, as well as vitamin A, enzymes, fiber, and pectin. Vitamin C is a fantastic immune system booster that can help fight the symptoms of cold and flu. The taste is somewhat bitter when eaten by itself but many people get used to it, or simply add it to other recipes. In pureed form, orange peel is easy to add to a smoothie or as an extra ingredient in fruit and nut bars. Mixing it with other ingredients can make the taste more palatable.
Dehydrated orange peel powder can even be added to a bath for an aromatherapeutic effect to cleanse the lungs of congestion or other respiratory inflammation.


Oranges are excellent for the human body when consumed in moderation. The famous saying "Nectar becomes poison when consumed in excess" holds good here also. 
Excessive consumption of oranges can drain out calcium from the body, there by causing damage to bones and teeth. It may also cause mucus build up in the throat.


1 comment:

  1. Healthy lungs are vital to your overall well being. The lungs take in and process the oxygen that all of the cells need to work.

    I think oranges are helpful in so many ways and they give an indication of their importance in maintaining good respiration. For example, when your throat has a lot of phlegm, you can use oranges to clear it.

    You have given a lot of other useful information that I didn't know. Thank you.