Usually everyone who eats an orange throws away its rind. However, this is a mistake - it contains loads of healthy substances - for example, 200% more cellulose than what is found in the citrus itself. Because of this, the rind of an orange has a laxative effect, strengthens the gut, gets rid of tapeworms, stimulates gallbladder function and especially helps in the fight against excess weight.
Individuals who have digestive problems may be aware that tea with a finely cut orange rind is the best method of getting rid of the problem. And, as we all know, oranges contain vast amounts of vitamin C.
A lesser-known fact is that they contain vitamins В, Р, Е, К, carotene and calcium, the majority of which is found in the crust. An orange rind also contains more than 60 types of flavonoids and over 170 different kinds of phytonutrients. It is filled with various pectins, vitamins, minerals, fibers and all sorts of other substances. The health benefits and uses are profuse.
But the crust of an orange takes the number 1 spot in the battle with weight. Many folks are daunted by its bitter taste. Yet, its composition - the fiber, in combination with very few calories, are worth weathering this fact.
Besides for weight loss and preventing obesity, orange rind is effective in treating asthma. It has the power to clear the lungs by helping break down secretions.
The crust of an orange is also used for respiratory problems - bronchitis, cold, flu, lung cancer. Thanks to the high levels of histamine in it, it helps alleviate these conditions.
Insoluble polysaccharides - a type of dietary fiber, are also found in great abundance in orange rind. They deal with constipation and complications related to the digestive system. As well, they lower stomach acidity and prevent vomiting.