Latin Name: Citrus reticulata
Sanskrit/Indian name: Narangi
Mandarin Orange is rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. Studies have shown that one Mandarin Orange (130 grams) supplies nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C! More recently, researchers have been studying the effectiveness of Mandarin Orange in treating liver cancer. It also lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Hesperidin, a very important flavonoid present in Mandarin Orange, lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is also a good source of fiber, vitamin B (including vitamins B1, B2, B6), carotenes, pectin, potassium and folic acid.
- Vitamin C, present in abundance in Mandarin Orange, is a powerful antioxidant. It protects cells from damage by free radicals.
- The fruit also contains fiber, which increases bowel movements, lowers cholesterol and controls blood sugar levels.
- It is known to be a stomachic. It aids in the proper flow of digestive juices, maintains the right balance between acid and bile and cures stomach infections and inflammation.