Monday, 13 April 2015

Feeling fruity

There are so many health benefits of Oranges you would be crazy to not be eating them. I eat at least one pretty much every day and when i'm feeling run down up this even more as they contain so much goodness.

Starting with the obvious, they are jam packed with Vitamin C which helps to boost immunity thanks to its role in protecting the body from free radicals. When you exercise frequently at high intensity you are more risk from free radicals because of the stress this induces. Antioxidants fight off free radicals so a diet high in these is essential and have even been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease. A single orange can provide almost all the RDI of Vit C so the more the merrier here.

For the same reason Vit C helps with immunity, it also helps to prevent skin damage and can even help with the appearance of anti-aging. As well as being high in Vit C, Oranges have high levels of Vitamin A the properties of which keep the body moisturised, in particular the eyes.

They contain high levels of insoluble fibre which not only makes you feel fuller for longer but is key to maintaining healthy bowel function by preventing constipation and can even prevent IBS. The rich fibre content also means they control blood sugar levels making them a great choice for everyone but in particular diabetics.

For all these reasons, they make a great snack so next time you're snacking, reach for an Orange!