The satsuma orange, also known as citrus unshiu or the tangerine is one of the sweetest citrus fruits. Its over 700 year-old origins are traced back to Japan before production was moved to Wenzhou in China. Jesuits are credited with exporting satsuma oranges from Asia to Louisiana in the 18th century, however they gained popularity in the United States later in the 19th century.
These easy to peel, low-caloric fruits are packed with health benefits.
Did you know that eating one satsuma orange can provide nearly half of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C? This powerhouse vitamin is responsible for forming collagen, repairing tissues in the body, slowing down the appearance of ageing and protecting against molecular damage by free radicals, toxic chemicals and pollutants.
A recent study presented at the American Physiological Society’s 14th International Conference on Endothelin found that, “a daily dose of vitamin C may have a similar effect as walking on a protein called endothelin-1, which […] is known to be higher in those who are overweight and obese. Endothelin-1 activity […] makes small blood vessels more prone to constricting, increas[ing] the risk of heart disease.” 
This does not mean we can substitute exercise with eating satsuma oranges, however Dr. Andrew Saul, editor of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service noted, “if everyone were to take 500mg of vitamin C per day […] an estimated 21, 600 lives could be spared each year.” 
In addition to cardiovascular health, vitamin C is also a solution for bacterial vaginosis. “The University of Maryland Medical Centre recommends 500 to 1,000mg twice daily for immune support and to strengthen the lining of the vagina, helping it to heal from irritation.” 
Fibre and Cholesterol
Inner beauty is just as important as youthful skin, luscious hair and strong nails. Satsuma oranges contain fibre – key to maintaining a clean and healthy colon.
Additionally, consuming satsuma oranges helps lower LDL cholesterol levels and increases HDL cholesterol, minimising the presence of dangerous free radicals that lead to cardiovascular disorders.
The fruit’s fibres also work to block cholesterol from being absorbed into your body, whilst fighting hunger pangs to help you lose weight.
Got Satumas? Ditch the myth that dairy is the only viable source of calcium. Satsuma oranges are calcium-rich. Incorporate satsuma oranges, along with green vegetables such as curly kale and beet greens, into your daily diet to ensure you maintain bone health, strong teeth, nerve signalling and muscle contraction.
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