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The Golden Age movie star, WC Fields, dreamed of watering the orange trees in his garden with gin. “Then,” he said, “I just have to squeeze the juice into a glass.” The Citrus sinensis, or the humble orange, is so closely related to everyday health and wellbeing – think of all those vitamin pills for their taste – that it takes the kind of sabotage fields invented to ever give it a bad name give.
However, somehow we take it for granted. From maca roots to rambutan, it’s all too easy to assume that the more exotic the health benefits of a food, the more pronounced it is. But don’t dump the ubiquitous sweet orange just as a vitamin C fix or as a retro refreshment during play: Scientists have found that a chemical compound in it can add body fat and juice to your mood.
In a recent study, researchers from the University of Western Ontario introduced nobiletin –
Obtained from oranges – for feeding morbidly overweight mice The flavonoid not only reversed the symptoms of obesity in test mice, it also reduced the harmful plaque build-up in their arteries known as atherosclerosis.
Separate studies have shown that the molecule binds to the proteins that are responsible for stabilizing our daily rhythm and regulating our metabolism. This process helped rodents on a high-calorie diet for 10 weeks stay lean, even when members of the control group gained almost twice their body weight. Nobiletin has also been linked to reversals in age-related conditions, such as: B. A decrease in physical endurance and poor sleep, which can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.
So, drop those high-priced superfoods with names you can never quite recall and peel a 30p orange – or at least do it like Fields and Snoop Dogg and drink gin and juice.
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