Tangerine is in season here in Nigeria and full of citrus and other nutrients. The fruit which is closely related to Mandarin Tangerine is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fibre. If you have been waiting for the fruit, now is the best time. So, wait no longer.
The orange-coloured fruit has a less sour taste, but sweet and refreshing in the mouth. You can decide to add tangerine in your fruit salad, dessert or smoothie. Or even eat the whole fruit as it is.
Tangerine juice is not the only part of the fruit that is beneficial, the peel also has some health benefits you would be amazed to find out as you read on in this article. Let’s get going and see how much benefits that are contained in this citrus fruit.
1. Highly Nutritious
Tangerine contains some powerful nutrients that are highly beneficial and required for a healthy lifestyle. For instance, the antioxidant properties in the fruit help fight free radicals that are major high risk factors for forming diseases.
Other nutrients found in tangerine are vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, folate, flavonoids and fibre. Fibre is very significant in promoting a healthy immune system, hence the need for more intake of this citrus fruit.
2. Promotes Healthy Bone
Tangerine contains some minerals that are responsible for strengthening the bones such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium as well as phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese.
Sufficient consumption of tangerine enables the bones from growing weak and developing fractures. These minerals contained in tangerine also play an important role in maintaining the bone for a healthy life.
3. Aids Healthy Digestion
Tangerine has the potential of supporting a healthy digestive system. If perhaps you have difficulty in your bowels, this is a go-to fruit that would aid it.
The presence of antioxidants and dietary fibre will enhance your bowel movements and also prevent constipation. Tangerine also contains a high amount of water and vitamin A that contributes greatly to the absorption of nutrients from the food consumed and keeps the digestive system hydrated.
If you are looking for a quick way to aid digestion of food, take tangerine after each meal.
4. Healthy Blood Pressure
Tangerine is one of the fruits we have in season that helps maintain a healthy blood pressure. This is due to the fact that it contains rich content of potassium and a low amount of sodium which are responsible for relaxing the vessels and enhancing proper blood pressure.
5. Promotes Healthy Heart
Tangerine contains nutrients that improve the health of the heart. These are fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. It also prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases because of its high in antioxidants.
A US study shows that those who consumed 4,069 mg of potassium per day had a 49 percent lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared with those who consumed less potassium, approximately 1,000 mg per day.
More so, the citrus fruit can help in protecting the heart from free radical damages. And the presence of vitamin C in the tangerine serves as an antioxidant that promotes termination of free radicals in the blood, thereby causing an improvement of blood circulation to and from the heart.
6. Promotes Healthy Weight Loss
Tangerine’s richness in fibre makes it eligible for weight losers to consume regularly. It also increases how cortisol is produced which is a stress hormone that has an effect on the storage of fat in the body, thereby helping you to achieve the slim body you desire.
I would advise that if you are looking at reducing your weight or extra calories, then you should include the fruit in your daily meal. More so, it is filling.
7. Excellent Fruit For Pregnant Women
Every pregnant woman requires some amount of folate which tangerine is a good source of due to its vitamin B complex. Folate helps the formation of red blood cell in the babies while still in the womb. It is also important to know that insufficient folic acid in a pregnant woman can lead to an underweight childbirth or neural tube defects in newborns.
Tangerines contain the nutrient which the baby requires for proper and health growth, development of its nervous system, placenta and forming of bones.
The presence of these nutrients in a pregnant woman will decrease high risks of miscarriages.
Health Benefits of Tangerine Peel
The juicy part of the fruit is not the only benefit that tangerine has, the citrus fruit also has its advantages in the peel. Let’s take a look at these benefits.
8. Anticancer Properties
The Tangerine peel is the first and outer part of the fruit which requires you to peel off before you consume the juice. However, this peel has its own unique benefits. One of its health benefits is its fight against cancer and reduction of bad cholesterol in the body. The peel also fight the development of infections in the body.
9. Stress Reliever
The peel can be used to calm your nerves against unhealthy stress of any kind, depression and sleeping difficulty.
10. Prevents Skin Diseases
Tangerine peel can help prevent skin diseases and enhance the health of your skin. If you have some skin disorders such as pimples, acne, rashes or other skin issues, the tangerine peel can help you. It will also help rejuvenate your skin and keep it younger and healthier.
I hope this article helps you and motivate your appetite for regular tangerine consumption.