Tangerines are a special type of the citrus family. It is a variant of Mandarin oranges (Citrus Reticulate), which are usually reddish-orange in color. One cool aspect about tangerines is that they can be peeled easily without stress. The taste of Tangerine is stronger than orange; it is less sour and much sweeter. Tangerine fruit trees are smaller in size as compared to orange trees, and the fruit has a deep orange color with a flat shape.
The fruit is known for its fresh and citrus taste with its low calorie and high nutrient content. A serving of tangerines in about a cup which contains 195 grams of its segments contains 103 calories. The daily value percentage of their components includes
- Energy 53 Kcal 2.5%,
- Carbohydrates 13.34 g 10%
- Protein 0.81 g 1.5%,
- Total Fat 0.31 g 1%
- Cholesterol 0 mg 0%,
- Dietary Fiber 1.8 g 5%
- Folates 16 µg 4%,
- Niacin 0.376 mg 2.5%
- Pantothenic acid 0.216 mg 4%,
- Pyridoxine 0.078 mg 6%
- Riboflavin 0.036 mg 3%,
- Thiamin 0.058 mg 5%
- Vitamin C 26.7 mg 44%,
- Vitamin A 681 IU 23%
- Vitamin E 0.20 mg 1%,
- Vitamin K 0 µg 0%
- Sodium 2 mg <0.5%
- Potassium 166 mg 3.5%
- Calcium 37 mg 4%
- Copper 42 µg 4.5%
- Iron 0.15 mg 2%
- Magnesium 12 mg 3%
- Manganese 0.039 mg 1.5%
- Zinc 0.07 mg <1%
- Carotene-β 155 µg
- Carotene-α 101 µg
- Crypto-xanthin-β 407 µg
- Lutein-zeaxanthin 138 µg
- Lycopene 0 µg —
Thus Tangerine is packed full with a lot of nutrients. It has low saturated fat content type and is a good source for vitamins. Tangerines major portion of their calories comes from natural sugars.
Let us take a look at the health benefits of tangerines.
1. Prevention of Inflammations
Tangerines just like oranges are naturally great sources of Vitamins for the human body. Tangerines contains rich amounts of antioxidants, these antioxidants prevent inflammations in the body. They are known to prevent the formation of free radicals that make unnecessary oxidation reactions possible which may not be beneficial for the body. Presence of free radicals are the baselines for chronic diseases such as cancer and hypertension.
2. It improves digestion.
The dietary fiber in this tangerines also improves digestion that is good for the overall working of the body. The high fiber content also benefits the bowel movement in the body for which it is preferred and suggested by experts. It is also useful in situations of constipation. Tangerine essential oil helps ease gastric troubles like flatulence and helps release excess gas from the system. It helps maintain the proper digestive juice flow and the balance between excess acid and bile.
3. It can be used to treat skin conditions & delay signs of aging
Tangerine serves as a good source of vitamin A. People suffering from any skin diseases, such as acne, pimple are encouraged to have plenty of vitamin A and apply products that are derivatives of the vitamin. Hence tangerine can be a good option for treating these skin problems. When it comes to healing wounds and other damages to the skin, vitamin A is essential for these, since it helps the skin rebuild tissues. If you wish to control or remove any skin aging symptoms such as fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin at bay, vitamin A can be a great help due to its anti-aging properties.
4. It serves as a depurative
A blood-purifying agent is also known as a depurative. Tangerine essential oil is an effective depurative. The oil helps purge the body of excess uric acid, extra salt, pollutants, and water via sweat, urine and feaces.
5. It can be used to cure sepsis
Sepsis is a dreaded infection and the Staphylococcus aureus usually causes sepsis. Sepsis can lead to reddened wounds, swelling, pus formation, and acute pain. Inappropriate care of sepsis can spread to other parts of your body.
Sepsis is prevalent in young children and babies as their low immunity is conducive to bacteria. Tangerine essential oil is a strong antiseptic and bactericide that eliminates the staphylococcus aureus bacterium.
6. It used for facial mask for brighter skin
Homemade tangerine facial mask that can be applied to get brighter skin color. In addition, this mask will help to remove extra oil and harmful bacteria, leaving the skin soft, fresh and blemish free. Follow the following steps
- Take 3 or 4 slices of a tangerine.
- Discard the seeds.
- Blend them well
- mix one tablespoon each of yogurt and honey with the juice.
- Apply to the face and neck. Leave it for 10-20 minutes.
- Rinse it off with cold water.
Apply this mask twice in a week for oily skin and once for normal to dry skin.
7. It promotes healthy hair growth
One of the most important vitamins for health is vitamin A. Its antioxidant properties work to condition and moisturize the sebum in the scalp. Antioxidants also fight against pollution that weighs down the hair and makes it weaker.
Vitamin B12 reduces hair loss, promotes hair growth, and slows down the graying process . As mentioned earlier, vitamin C helps to build collagen which is crucial for hair growth. Vitamin C also assists in breaking down iron, another source for healthy hair, so that your body can absorb it. You can apply tangerine juice with your hair oil to get a healthy and shiny hair.
Ways to include tangerines to diet
- For a protein boost, tangerine is used in fruit salad.
- Tangerine juice can be used in noodles and pastas.
- You can add the tangerine juice for a refreshing flavor while baking your cupcake.
Tips to store tangerines
During selection of tangerines, check out for the heavy ones. More weight equals more juice. Store them in the fridge to retain their freshness. If you buy too many tangerines at a one go, rinse them off in cold water and dry them well with a piece of cotton clothes and store them in the fridge.