Tangerines – the “cuties” with many health benefits
Healing with seasonal produce – Tangerines
Sweet and tangy tangerines are one of the first fruits we think of in the fall and winter each year. These easy to peel and vitamin-packed “cuties” are enjoyed by all, until our finger tips turn yellow 😉 Aside from their great taste and fragrance, tangerines also offer many valuable health benefits.
1. Vitamin P helps prevent high blood pressure and brain hemorrhage
Vitamin A, B, C, D… and P? Hesperidin, also known as Vitamin P, is a naturally occurring bioflavonoid that we can only consume via fruits and vegetables. Ironically, it is most abundant in the white pith we usually remove before we eat. Vitamin P deficiency leads to weakness of the capillaries, which manifests in easy bruising, nosebleeds and bleeding gums. The antioxidants in Vitamin P suppress the cancer-causing free radicals. Best of all, consuming tangerine consistently can facilitate sufficient blood circulation and prevent hypertension and brain hemorrhage.
2. Vitamin C for healthy skin
Vitamin C is the most well known nutrient in the tangerines. Consuming 2 tangerines a day exceeds the recommended Vitamin C level. Besides from preventing scurvy, chronic fatigue and common cold, Vitamin C also accelerates the regeneration of collagen. The bouncy and youthful skin can be achieved for those with yellow finger tips 🙂
3. Vitamin A for good vision
Most orange and yellow produce, including tangerine, contain generous amount of beta carotene. This helpful nutrient converts into Vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A helps bone production, immune boost and mucosal membrane protection. Stronger mucosal membrane and immune system lower the prevalence of upper respiratory infections and certain cancers.
Vitamin A also works wonders for your eyes by facilitating the production of rhodopsin, sensory protein that converts light into an electrical signal. Hence, consuming Vitamin A can help prevent various eye disease such as night blindness and chronic dry eyes.
4. Tangerine peel tea for healthy digestion
Tangerine peel has been used as one of the traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Tangerine peel tea is a great post meal regimen to aid digestion and reduce bloating. You can easily enjoy this beneficial natural remedy by slicing tangerine peel into thin strips and boiling in water for 5 – 10 minutes. It is best to clean the outer layer of tangerine peel with coarse salt and rinsing with vinegar. This ensures getting rid of possible traces of pesticides and other impurities.
Tangerines are cute and handy companion during the holiday season. These mini oranges serve as healthy dessert, immune booster and DIY herbal tea. Please have a healthy and enjoyable holiday season!