Don’t you just love having delicious, juicy oranges? And what if I told you oranges have many health and skin benefits? Here are 10 health and skin benefits of including oranges in your diet that will make you want to buy this citrus fruit.

1. It is great for the eyes.

Turns out that oranges are rich in vitamin A, C, and potassium which are great for your eye health. So have an orange if you want your vision to be as good as it is now.

2. It helps in fighting against cancer.

Oranges and other citrus fruits are rich in a compound called D-linonene which helps to fight against various cancers like colon cancer, skin cancer and lung cancer. Also, oranges are rich in vitamin C which aides in protecting the cells from damage by free radicals.

3. It prevents heart diseases.

You know, one of the reasons why people suffer from heart disease is because their arteries get blocked due to the unhealthy lifestyle and consumption of junk food. Having an orange reduces cholesterol and prevents the arteries from getting blocked as it is rich in flavonoids. This in turn protects you from heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.

4. It helps in brain development.

Did you know that folate and folic acid present in oranges promote brain development and aide in keeping your vital organs in good condition? Well, now you know.

5. It prevents hair loss.

Oranges are high in vitamin C which is responsible for the production of collagen which keeps the tissues in your hair together. So, it is advised to have oranges if you are dealing with hair loss or bald patches.

6. It helps to fight against viral infections.

Do you suffer from a cough and cold often? If yes, then you should consider having oranges. Polyphenols present in oranges protect against viral infections. This theory has been backed by research too.

7. It has anti-aging properties.

As mentioned above, oranges are rich in vitamin C which improves the texture and colour of the skin. Vitamin C is also responsible for skin firming and preventing premature aging of skin. Oranges have powerful anti-oxidants which fight off free radicals that cause sagging of skin and wrinkles.

8. It acts as a great toner. 

It’s not only the orange that is good for the health and skin. The orange peels too have certain skin benefits that you’ll be glad to know about. Abundant amounts of vitamin C and anti-oxidants found in orange peels help in maintaining the natural oil of the skin. Applying orange peels on the skin removes dead skin cells and dirt as well which in turn gives you glowing skin.

9. It is an excellent hair conditioner.

Mix the juice of one orange with water and one spoon of honey.  Apply it on your hair evenly for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off. Doing so will give you healthy, shiny and beautiful hair as oranges are rich in anti-oxidants.

10. It has skin lightening properties. 

FYI, orange peels are a natural bleaching agent that can lighten dark patches on the the skin and effectively reduce their appearance with time. Orange peels also effectively help in getting rid of sun tan. Just make a diluted paste of the orange peel and apply it as a face mask for at least 30 minutes.

You are what you eat. So eat healthy.