Oranges are well known for the vitamin C they provide. But that's not the only benefit oranges have to offer. The orange is a great source of a flavonoid called hesperidin, a rare anti-inflammatory phytochemical.
Inflammation is the root of all pain. Though it is the body’s first attempt at healing itself, prolonged inflammation can lead to a variety of diseases. Some are as basic as an inflection but others can be as serious as cancer. Oranges provide the body with the best anti-inflammatory tool it needs to fight unnecessary inflammation: flavonoids.
Flavonoids block the production of molecules that create inflammation. Hesperidin, the specific flavonoid found in oranges, prevents the inflammation of cells. This helps you stay pain free today and prevent serious diseases in the future. In addition to flavonoids, oranges contain a phytochemical, beta-cryptoxanthin, that specifically decreases joint inflammation. This helps prevent joint aches and arthritis.
Flavonoids also help stop cells from mutating. A mutating cell is the first step in the development of cancer. Flavonoids stop cells from mutating by absorbing ultraviolet light, protecting DNA, and shutting down cancer causing agents.
The risk of cancer increases because of oxidative stress and inflammation of the cells. Flavonoids relieve oxidative stress and decrease inflammation, greatly reducing the risk of cancer. They also play a big role in removing toxins from the body that could increase the risk of cancer.
Flavonoids have one more special bonus. They increase the benefits of vitamin C. The perfect example of teamwork, flavonoids and vitamin C strengthen the effects of each other. When both are found in the same fruit, as they are in oranges, you’ve really hit the anti-inflammatory jackpot.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of oranges are best when you eat them raw. Enjoy the pain reducing, cancer preventing side effects of the orange in Morning Fuel, the perfect green smoothie recipe to keep you going all morning and years to come.
Oranges are the anti-inflammatory jackpot. Flavonoids and vitamin C greatly reduce pain-inducing inflammation and the risk of serious diseases such as cancer.
- 2 cups fresh kale
- 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
- 2 oranges peeled
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 banana
- 1/4 avocado
Blend kale, almond milk, and oranges together until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.