|Serving Size||1 Medium Orange (154g)|
Amount Per Serving
|Calories||75||Calories from Fat||2|
|Amount||% Daily Value*|
|Vitamin A||8%||Vitamin C||152%|
|* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
Oranges have more than *100% of the amount of Vitamin C that is recommended we eat in one day! That means they work to help boost our immune systems which may protect us from illness, especially during the winter months when people tend to get sick. Vitamin C is also helpful in maintaining good eye health and healing wounds and infections.
But Vitamin C is not just helpful in keeping our bodies healthy on the inside. According to a recently published study1, it can help our skin look even younger!
Vitamin C is also known to be helpful in the absorption of iron, which is particularly important for prenatal development and for menstruating women. Women of child-bearing age often lack iron and eating an orange with your iron supplement or prenatal vitamin is a great way to help get iron absorbed in your body! In addition to all of these benefits, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant.
Everyone needs folic acid to stay healthy, and oranges are a good way to get you on your way toward the recommended daily amount. Folate is helpful in maintaining cell health and is necessary for normal growth and development. It is essential that pregnant women have enough folate in their system to prevent spina bifida, a neurological defect in children. It also helps in preventing heart disease by helping to keep homocysteine (an amino acid) levels in check.
If you're feeling down, have an orange! Thiamin helps the body produce energy and helps maintain proper functioning of the heart.
Ever wonder why coaches always give their teams oranges as a snack after a tough workout? Well, oranges contain calcium, which is essential for bone health and plays an important role in muscle fitness. The calcium in oranges can help us maintain strong bones, good muscle contraction and works to keep our blood vessels healthy, which is good for circulation and other neural functions in the body.
Want better night vision? How about healthy bones? Eat an orange! Oranges provide us with *8% of RDA for Vitamin A, which plays an important role in normal vision, growth, immune function and developing embryos.
Who would’ve thought oranges are good for blood pressure! Well, they are! Oranges have *7% RDA of potassium, which helps transmit nerve impulses to muscles, improve muscle contraction and maintain normal blood pressure. Potassium is also an important vitamin for our general fitness as a required element in carbohydrate metabolism and maintaining cell integrity.
Worried about your weight? Adding oranges to your diet could help! One medium orange provides *15% of the daily recommended amount of fiber, which helps us to fill up and satisfies hunger. Not only does fiber help control your weight, but it helps balance blood sugar levels and normalize cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. Eating high-fiber foods also helps with constipation thereby promoting good colon health.
If you want to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, oranges can help you to stay fit and energized and can help us to stay healthy overall. Oranges are filled with more than 170 phytonutrients, which are plants’ natural defenses which emerging studies suggest promote good health in humans. Imagine a single tree in the middle of a busy highway. How does it survive with all the fumes and other pollutants? Well, phytonutrients may help protect our bodies in a similar way that the tree protects itself against smog. Research has shown that many of these compounds are shown to have protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as help with anti-tumor activity.