This is an animal living in water. So be careful before drinking water. And use boiling water to drink.
Most citrus fruits have a good deal of vitamin C, and oranges have high levels even compared to their tangy brethren. Vitamin C protects cells by scavenging and neutralizing free radicals, explains a 2010 article in the medical journal Pharmacognosy Reviews. Free radicals may lead to chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Not only may oranges help reduce the risk of chronic conditions, but they may also boost a person’s immunity when dealing with everyday viruses and infections like the common cold.
Vitamin C also helps keep skin looking beautiful, by helping fight against skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. It is vital to collagen production and may help reduce wrinkles and improve the skin’s overall texture, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
All the fiber in oranges may help lower cholesterol levels, because it picks up excess cholesterol compounds in the gut and pushes them out in the elimination process. A 2010 study published in the journal Nutrition Research found that drinking orange juice for 60 days decreased low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol or “bad cholesterol”) in people with high cholesterol.
Oranges contain vitamin C, fiber, potassium and choline, which are all good for your heart, so the fruits may give your ticker a big boost. Potassium, an electrolyte mineral, is vital for allowing electricity to flow through your body, which keeps your heart beating. Lack of potassium can lead to arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat. According to one 2012 study, people who consumed 4,069 mg of potassium each day had a 49 percent lower risk of death from heart disease compared with those who consumed only about 1,000 mg of potassium per day. According to Flores, “the potassium found in oranges helps to lower blood pressure, protecting against stroke.” She noted another heart-related benefit, pointing out that oranges are “high in folate, which is beneficial in lowering levels of homocysteine, a cardiovascular risk factor.”
Oranges are high in fiber, which can help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes and improve blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association lists oranges, along with other citrus fruits, as a superfood for people with diabetes.
Digestion and weight loss
Oranges are high in fiber, which aids in digestion by keeping you regular. It is also good for weight loss. “Oranges are a low-fat, nutrient-rich food with a low glycemic index, which make it an ideal food to consume to protect against obesity, which can lead to other diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke,” Flores told Live Science. The glycemic index is a measure of how food affects a person’s blood sugar levels: Foods with a high glycemic index (such as white bread) cause glucose levels to spike quickly after they are eaten, while foods with a low glycemic index (such as vegetables and legumes) cause blood sugar levels to rise more slowly and remain more constant over time.
Oranges are vitamin A rich. This nutrient contains carotenoid compounds like lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which can help prevent age-related macular degeneration, an incurable condition that blurs central vision. Vitamin A also helps your eyes absorb light, and it improves night vision. Furthermore, the American Optometric Association reports that vitamin C can help reduce the risk of cataracts and may slow the progression of macular degeneration.
“The vitamin C in oranges is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer due to preventing DNA mutations from taking place,” Flores said. Studies have shown that about 10 to 15 percent of colon cancers have a mutation in a gene called BRAF.
A 2004 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that consuming bananas, oranges and orange juice in the first two years of life may reduce the risk of childhood leukemia.
Oranges are great for you, but you should enjoy them in moderation, Flores warned. “Eating too many oranges has some uncomfortable side effects,” she said. “When eaten in excess, the greater fiber content can effect digestion, causing abdominal cramps and could also lead to diarrhea.”
Ancient Egyptians dubbed aloe vera the “plant
of immortality”. You may have used aloe vera
already if you’ve ever experienced a bad
sunburn; it’s the clear green goop that is
commonly found in nearly every pharmacy
The earliest recorded use of aloe vera by
humans goes back to 16th century B.C. While
it’s great for healing sunburned skin, there are
so many more uses you should know about.
Healing from the inside out
Aloe vera can be a powerful healing agent
when taken internally. It can soothe and repair
intestinal tissue that is damaged. Stomach
ulcers can also be soothed and repaired with
aloe. An aloe remedy should also be
considered if there are inflammation issues in
the digestive and/or intestinal system.
Here are some internal ailments that aloe can
Juicing with aloe
Prepare raw aloe vera leaves by using a knife
to cut off the hard outer layer of skin and
discarding it. Take the gel and translucent
flesh of the aloe vera leaf and blend it with a
fresh squeezed juice of your choice such as
orange or pineapple.
Drink this first thing in the morning before
breakfast. This is a great way to introduce
kids to aloe because it doesn’t really have a
taste to it. The rind of the aloe leaf does
contain laxative properties so be sure to use
with caution should you decide to incorporate
it into your morning juice.
Fresh aloe gel
Slicing an aloe vera leaf open lets out a clear
to yellowish gel. This gel can be saved when
preparing the aloe for consumption. Save it in
a small tupperware container by itself. This
gel has a runny consistency to it and has a
plethora of positive health benefits.
Keep the gel refrigerated to extend it’s life.
Also, remember to use a clean cosmetic
spatula instead of dipping your fingers in the
container to avoid contamination.
Aloe skin benefits
Use it as a moisturizing face gel every
morning to help smooth wrinkles. It can also
help erase dark spots and even out your skin
tone. This gel is especially helpful for small
trouble spots such as pimples and other small
blemishes. Just dab a bit on the troubled area
three times a day until the blemish
This clear gel works wonders for acne
sufferers. The gel can be used as a
moisturizer. The aloe vera flesh, when used as
a remedy, has the ability to draw out toxins
from the skin, such as those from an insect
bite or from acne.
For severe acne, use the entire flesh of the
aloe as opposed to just the gel. Place a slab
of aloe, with the exposed side down, on the
affected area and leave for at least one hour
up to overnight. This technique works best for
treating most skin conditions with aloe.
Aloe can help remedy the following skin
Mainstream media reports that the fruit known as graviola, also known as soursop fruit, guanabana, or guyabano, is not a noteworthy cancer-fighter, but there are
studies showing it effectively fights ovarian, colon, breast, prostate, lung, liver, cervical, lymphoma, and pancreatic cancers.
For pancreatic cancer, graviola was shown to be effective at “inhibiting tumorigenicity,” as
well as “altering pancreatic tumor cell metabolism,” found one pathologist at the University of Nebraska. Laboratory research also showed it to be 10,000 times stronger in killing colon cancer
cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapy drug. And Graviola, unlike chemotherapy, can kill cancer cells without
harming healthy cells.
What about cervical cancer? Soursop was beneficial in treating this cancer, too, as evidenced in this scientific journal.
Yet another study showed that graviola extract inhibited breast cancer cell growth:
“These data showed that dietary GFE induced
significant growth inhibition of MDA-MB-468
cells in vitro and in vivo through a mechanism
involving the EGFR/ERK signaling pathway,
suggesting that GFE may have a protective
effect for women against EGFR-overexpressing