Next time you think about throwing away one of these peels, you may want to have this information handy. ↓Read below↓
Who doesn’t love a delicious and juicy orange as a snack? They are popular with athletes because they can be easily eaten for a burst of energy. I enjoy eating one or two oranges a day most of the year for that same energy-boosting effect.
Grated orange peel, also called orange zest, is added to foods for flavoring – What about a warm Orange Peel tea for beverage? – and also offers many nutrients, cleaning properties and potential medical uses.
In fact, the peels have higher levels of nutrients than the fruit itself.
∴ Medicinal Properties of Orange Peels
In my earlier article, I explored the beliefs behind the Indian Ayurveda Medicine. Today, we will discover how Orange peels – called tikta (bitter) – as well as banana peels are used in Ayurveda and how it can benefit your own health.
Orange peels are known to improve digestion and reduce sluggishness in the abdomen. It helps to speed up your metabolism to naturally beat gas, and reducing heartburn, vomiting problems and acidic eructation.
It works well in perking up appetite and reducing nausea.
∴ Skin Care Properties of Orange Peels
The acid and the vitamin C contained in the orange peel help even out skin tone and firm the skin’s surface.
→ Beta-Carotene: Beta–Carotene is an antioxidant in fruits and vegetables that helps to protect skin against the damaging effects of the sun.
It is a strongly colored pigment that imparts the yellow and orange fruits and vegetables their rich hues. Once ingested, it gets converted into vitamin A (retinol) which is beneficial for our immune system.
Vitamin A also acts as an antioxidant, it helps protect cells and from the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.
Beta Carotene is a derivation of the Latin name for carrot, as this compound was first derived from the carrot roots.
→ Vitamine C: Orange Peel is one of the greatest sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin. We can’t store it in the body, which means we need it from our diet every day. It makes vitamin C a vital supplement to help enhancing natural immunity.
Paula summarises below the key properties of Vitamine C for our body health:
- Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage
- Helps boost healthy collagen production (hello, firmer skin!)
- Reduce inflammation and irritation, both of which cause a cascade of damage
- Fade post-breakout red marks by improving skin’s natural healing response
- Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposure
The peel of an orange has nearly twice as much vitamin C as the flesh inside.
→ Dietary fiber: Orange peel is part of the 4 common food you should eat with the peel on.
It is naturally rich source of rough dietary fibers, also known as NSP (non-soluble polysaccharides). For example, 100 grams of orange peel contain about 25 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of dietary fiber, 1.5 grams of protein!
Orange peel has about four times more fiber in it than the actual orange fruit that we eat!
→ Calcium: The Anti-Ager.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and in regards to skin, a deficiency can manifest itself in dryness, itching, premature wrinkling, and an increased tendency to develop skin cancers.
In addition, calcium works with your skin to generate sebum. When you do not have enough calcium in your skin, you can end up with dry skin due to lack of sebum.
Now, you know! Orange peels have many health benefits to take into consideration. Both your skin and your immune system will benefit. However, it is important to mention that they are also very prone to accumulation of chemicals and pesticides which are rampantly used in horticulture nowadays.
For instance, on several occasions there are chemicals like rubbed or wax left on the surface of the oranges to make them look healthier and fresh. Buy them organic and 100% natural. Also, take the time to wash the peels nicely with fresh water.