Historically, people who lived in northern climates became extremely deficient in vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium during the winter. That’s because all they had to eat after a certain point in the year were dairy, eggs, grains, and some meat-with a paltry amount of vegetables remaining and even less fruit. Before truck deliveries of produce became a mainstay of modern life, townspeople would crowd around trains that were rumoured to carry the rare crate of oranges from a southern land-although when citrus was on board, most of it would go to wealthy families and town selectmen. If a stray orange did get into the hands of a less fortunate townsperson, it would be worth its weight in gold. That’s because people of the time valued oranges for what they were: miracle fruits.
Oranges have lost their luster in the public eye. Yet Oranges are full of the coenzyme glutathione, which goes into activation because of their high content of flavonoids and limonoids. This is a relationship that makes oranges a key to healing the 21st-century epidemic of chronic illness. Together, glutathione, flavonoids, and limonoids fight off viruses, protect the body from radiation damage, and deactivate toxic heavy metals in the system.
It’s time to reconnect to that period when we appreciated oranges true value. These citrus fruits are life-giving, and they should be a foundation in the diet. The next time you walk by a navel, blood orange, Valencia, mandarin, honey Murcott, clementine, or Minneola tangelo, think about what it might have meant to an ancestor in the early 1900s and rejoice that progress has given you the opportunity to bring its sweet nectar into your life.
|Vitamin C, Potassium|
|SECONDARY MICRO NUTRIENTS||Vitamin A, B1, B5,Folate, Calcium, Copper|
|CHINESE MEDICAL QUALITIES||
|NOTES and DANGERS||
|RDA||Oranges, raw, all commercial varieties||% RDA|
|Total lipid (fat)||g||87||0.12||0.1%|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||g||224||11.75||5.2%|
|Fiber, total dietary||g||38||2.4||6.3%|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||mg||90||53.2||59.1%|
|Vitamin A, IU||IU||5000||225||4.5%|
|Vitamin E, total||mg||15||0.18||1.2%|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)||Âµg||120||0||0.0%|
RDA – Recommended Dietary Amount recommendations are based upon calculations for a 40 year old very active man that I have adapted from USDA’s Dietary Intake Guidelines. Using this link you can make your own calculations
Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books
USDA food database: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/
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