Winter Seasonal Fruit: Tangerines

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Tangerina (lat. citrus reticulata) or mandarin orange is originally from Southeast Asia, and was named after the bright orange clothes of mandarins – ancient Chinese civil servants – because it was available only to eligible classes. In Europe and North America has arrived in the nineteenth century.
Composition and healing properties of tangerines
Tangerine is a practical, tasty and healthy snack that provides many nutritional benefits. One tangerine weighing about 110 grams contains 32 milligrams of vitamin C, which is half of the recommended daily allowance.
Vitamin C plays an essential role in the synthesis of collagen and elastin in our body. Collagen and elastin are proteins that constitute our skin, muscles and other connective tissues. This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body in removing free radicals that threaten the healthy cells. It accelerates wound healing and help prevent neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis, colds and flu. Considerable research has shown a link between an increased intake of vitamin C and reduced incidence of several types of cancer. Tangerines are rich in vitamin A and folic acid. One tangerine contains 16 percent of the daily vitamin A and five percent of the daily recommended amount of folic acid. Of minerals in the fruit are present potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and iron. One big tangerine brings 199 mg or six percent of the daily recommended amounts of potassium, needed to balance fluid levels in the body and regulate blood pressure. It also contains 44 mg or four percent of the daily value of calcium, necessary to build and maintain bone density.
With all these benefits, one tangerine contains only 64 calories and 0.4 grams of fat, which makes it excellent food to lose weight.
The benefits of tangerin: protects against many cancers, prevents skin aging, assist with wound healing, boosts immunity, protects against degenerative diseases, helps prevent arthritis, boosts metabolism, reduced appetite, helps preserve eye vision. So, be sure to take few tangerines daily in these fall and winter days and bring all these healthy stuff in your body 😉

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