Oranges are ones of the most popular and beneficial citrus fruits, but only a few people are aware of the benefits of the consumption of their peels. amazing things, amazing things,amazing things
Apparently, the orange peels are a rich source of flavonoids, such as hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones (PMFs), and other phytochemicals.
Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found in some vegetables, fruits, spices, and herbs, and effectively prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. They give the peel an intense, bitter taste.
Orange peels are also high in other nutrients, like magnesium, vitamin A, B vitamins, copper, calcium, and dietary fiber. Also, 3.5 ounces of orange peel contains 136 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C, and the flesh contains 71 mg.
Hesperidin, the flavonoid found in orange peels regulates blood pressure and lowers cholesterol levels. Moreover, it has potent anti-inflammatory properties. This flavonoid reduced diastolic blood pressure in middle-aged, overweight men in a month.
Additionally, studies have shown that the polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) in orange peels reduce cholesterol more effectively than prescription drugs, and do not cause their side effects.
According to the lead author of this study, Elzbieta Kurowska, Ph.D., vice president of research at KGK Synergize in Ontario, Canada:
“Our study has shown that PMFs have the most potent cholesterol-lowering effect of any other citrus flavonoid … We believe that PMFs have the potential to rival and even beat the cholesterol-lowering effect of some prescription drugs, without the risk of side effects.”