BAKOLORI JOURNAL OF GENERAL STUDIES

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Lawal, J. H., & Naziru, Y. A. (2020). MEDICAL IMPORTANCE AND NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION OF ORANGES. BAKOLORI JOURNAL OF GENERAL STUDIES, 10, 1-2. https://doi.org/10.xxxx/abcd

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Fruits and vegetables are vital components of a healthful diet, and their benefits are notlimited to physical health. Though, fruits are of different types and grown in abundance, Oranges(Citrus sinensis) are one of the most popularfruits around the world. The original source of oranges is unknown, but their farmingis thought to have started in eastern Asia thousands years ago. Nowadays, they are grown inmost of the warmer regions of the world and are consumed either as fresh fruits or juices. They are eaten to relieve fever and catarrh. The harden pulp is prepared as a poultice forskin diseases and fresh peel is rubbed on acne. Nutrients in oranges are abundance and varied. The fruits are low in calories, contain no saturated fats of cholesterol, but is rich in nutritional fiber and pectin. Pectin by its good value as a bulk laxative, helps to keep themucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. It has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing its re-absorption in the colon as itbinds the bile acids. They also promote healthy skin and can help to lower threat for many diseases and conditions as part of an overall healthy and various diets. They (Oranges) are a very vital source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, thiamin, folate and potassium. Oranges are very good source of carbohydrates and water. But, rankvery Iow in the glycemic index, so they do not cause large saike in sugar blood levels. This paper attempt to look at the potential health benefits of oranges in preventing cancer, heart disease, kidney stone, Anaemia, Constipation, High blood pressure and its role in boosting the immune system of the body.

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