Oranges Protect Our Gene Pool

Vitamin C and bioflavonoids found in oranges protect sperm from genetic damage that can cause birth defects in offspring.


Orange is one of the most common and popular fruits. It is loved because it is available all year round, healthy and tasty. Oranges are round citrus fruits 2 to 3 inches in diameter with a finely textured, orange-colored rind that varies in thickness depending on variety. The flesh is also orange in color and very juicy.

Oranges can be sweet, bitter, and sour, so you need to learn how to differentiate between varieties. Sweet varieties tend to be more aromatic. They are ideal for making juices.

Nutritional value

Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids. One orange (130 grams) supplies almost 100 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. When you eat a whole orange, it provides good dietary fiber. The albedo (white layer under the skin) is especially useful, it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer substances.

In addition, oranges are a good source of vitamin A, B vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine, and iron.

Benefit for health

Orange contains over 170 different phytonutrients and over 60 flavonoids, many of which have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant effects. The combination of high levels of antioxidant (vitamin C) and flavonoids in oranges makes it one of the best fruits.

Atherosclerosis. Regular intake of vitamin C inhibits hardening of the arteries.

Cancer prevention. A compound found in oranges called liminoid helps fight oral, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon cancers. The high content of vitamin C also acts as a good antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage.

Cholesterol. The alkaloid synephrine found in orange peel reduces the production of cholesterol by the liver. Antioxidants fight oxidative stress, which is the main culprit in the oxidation of bad cholesterol in the blood.

Constipation. Although orange has a sour taste, it has an alkaline effect on the digestive system and helps stimulate the production of digestive juices, preventing constipation.

Damaged sperm. An orange a day is enough for a man to keep his sperm healthy. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, protects sperm from genetic damage that can cause birth defects in offspring.

Heart diseases. A high intake of flavonoids and vitamin C is known to halve the risk of heart disease.

High blood pressure. Studies have shown that the flavonoid hesperidin found in oranges can help reduce high blood pressure.

The immune system. Vitamin C activates white blood cells that fight infections, strengthens the immune system.

Stones in the kidneys. Drinking orange juice daily significantly reduces the risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones.

Leather. The antioxidants found in oranges protect the skin from free radicals that can cause signs of aging.

Stomach ulcer. Eating foods rich in vitamin C helps reduce the risk of developing peptic ulcers and, in turn, reduces the risk of developing stomach cancer.

Viral infections. Oranges are rich in polyphenols, which provide protection against viral infections.  


To extract more juice from oranges, store them at room temperature. Vitamin C breaks down quickly when exposed to air, so eat an orange immediately after peeling it. Oranges can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks. Do not store them wrapped and damp in the refrigerator, they may be affected by mold.


Without a doubt, oranges are very healthy, but you should always remember to eat them in moderation. Excessive consumption of any citrus can lead to calcium leaching from the body’s organs, causing bone and tooth decay.

While we rarely use orange peel, it’s good to know that citrus peel contains some oils that can interfere with vitamin A absorption.  


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