Once only Chinese emperors could savor with tangerines, now these juicy fruits have become a real symbol of Christmas and New Year in the Europe. Only few families resist the ritual eating of them this holiday season. However, in addition to the unique taste, these fruits have rich composition that allows classifying them into a kind of natural medicines. What are the benefits and harms of tangerines? Should you use them and how to apply them in the fight against various diseases?
The most famous of all the components of citrus fruits is vitamin C, which in large numbers is contained in tangerines: it is enough to eat 2 or 3 fruit to supply the daily body’s need in ascorbic acid. In addition, in this fruit there is vitamin A, necessary for normal functioning of the eyes, vitamin B, involved in metabolism and other processes, potassium which is responsible for the clotting of blood, and magnesium, calcium, vitamins K and P.
Benefits of tangerines
A wide variety of organic acids has beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract, increases appetite, and increases the resistance of the human body to viruses and germs. As fresh fruit is used in urolithiasis, for the prevention of colds and viral diseases: an abundance of beneficial nutrients effects all the components of the human immune system. Regular intake of considerable volumes of the product – not less than 5 to 6 a day – allows you to get rid of arterial hypertension.
Useful properties of the peel
It turns out that not only tasty and juicy pulp can be used for the disease control, but peel too. For example, dried and ground into a powder, it helps fight flatulence and intestinal dysbiosis.
Aqueous or alcoholic extracts of peel can assist from bronchitis and prolonged cough; for this tangerine skins are poured with glass of liquid: in aqueous infusion it is enough to wait a few hours; it is necessary to leave the mean to infuse for a week in case with alcohol medication.
Fungus on nails will leave if to rub the skin and the nail plate with tangerine peel several times a day. Shredded peel of fruit, mixed with vegetable oil, helps exfoliate the skin of hands and give it a healthy appearance.
Harm of tangerines
As any citrus fruit, tangerine is very allergenic, so it should be eaten in moderation, especially for children. Increased acidity of the product may additionally damage the intestinal mucosa, that’s why it is not recommended to include in the diet of people who have problems with gastritis, ulcer of the stomach or intestines.
This fruit is harmful if person has hepatitis and inflammation in the kidneys, such as nephritis. In tendency to these diseases you need to limit intake of fruits, and in periods of acute of illnesses it is better to give them up. Tangerine peel should be eaten with precautions, as in this part of the fruit harmful substances often accumulate, for example nitrates, heavy metals and various toxins.
Any product – whether it is a vegetable, fruit or something else – can bring a person both the benefits and harm, tangerines are no exception. In general, it is very tasty and useful fruit, so to avoid unpleasant consequences, it is necessary to eat it in reasonable quantities!