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Health Moment : Some Facts on the Orange

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Àkókò ìlera: àwọn òdodo fún ọsan náà 

Health Moment: Some Facts on the Ọsan (orange) 

In the Yorùbá language, the word for the fruit (èso in Yorùbá) orange is ọsan. Did you know that the omi (juice) from the ọsan (orange) contains only 25% of the vitamin c of the whole fruit? Did you know that the white pith flesh of the orange actually contains 75-80% of the actual vitamin c? This fruit is much loved by our beloved Òrìşà Ọşun. As you will see below, while contemplating the benefits of one of her sacred fruits, you can see Ọşun on a much more expansive level. Who said the Òrìşà don’t stress maximum health for us, and that our tradition does not teach health concerns?

Nutritional Benefits 

Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids. One orange (130 grams) supplies nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C. When you eat a whole orange, it provides good dietary fiber. Leave in the pith (the white matter under the peel) as much as possible as the pith contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. In addition, oranges are a good source of vitamin A, the B vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine and iron.

Health Benefits

An orange packs over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot inhibiting properties, as well as strong anti-oxidant effects. The combination of the high amount of anti-oxidant (vitamin C) and flavonoids in oranges makes it one of the best fruits in helping to promote optimal health.

The properties of the orange are preventive in cases such as:

Arteriosclerosis, Cancer prevention, Cholesterol, Constipation, Damaged sperms, repair, Heart disease, High blood pressure, Immune system, Prevents Kidney stones, Prevents skin aging, Prevents Stomach ulcers, Protects against Viral infections.

In addition, every aspect of the orange is used in certain cooling and elevating rituals in Afrikan traditions. The peels themselves can be an excellent tool for cleansing. We give honor to Ôşun for governing such a cool yet powerful fruit. 

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