There is good indication that tangerines may help prevent heart attacks.
Tangerines are in the mandarin family. Satsuma, Kinnow and the popular Clementine are sister fruits, and all are delicious and an excellent lunch-box delight. They’re easy to peel, wonderfully sweet and highly nutritious. People who have a difficult time digesting oranges can find tangerines more agreeable.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Tangerine Juice
Prevents Skin Cancer (Melanoma)
Protects From Breast Cancer
Relieves Symptoms of Arthritis
Tangerine Juice Nutrition
A small tangerine can have more usable vitamin C than a large orange. They’re also a good source of folate, potassium, vitamin A, and fiber when eaten.
Tangerine Juice is an excellent source of:
Tangerine Juice is a good source of:
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Fibre (when eaten)
- Folate Acid
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Tangerine Juice
Tangerines are a good source of beta cryptoxanthin, which has been shown to reduce the inflammation that is caused by arthritis. They also provide a generous supply of eye-protecting lutein. Two additional flavonoids found in tangerines are tangeretin and nobiletin. Research done at the University of Western Ontario has found that tangeretin is 36 times more powerful than hesperestin at halting the proliferation of breast-cancer and skin-cancer cells. The flavonoid nobiletin has been shown to be almost as strong. Both of these flavonoids can also function as blood thinners and anti-inflammatories, so when you add a liberal supply of vitamin C, there is good indication that tangerines may help prevent heart attacks.
Preparing for Juicing
Dubbed the “zipper fruit” because they almost fall out of their peel, tangerines are the perfect size to drop into any juicer hopper, seeds and all.
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Tangerine Juice Tips
Pure fresh tangerine juice can be quite expensive to make, that’s why I always mix them with oranges. Sometimes you will find that when you get home, your choice of oranges was less than good. The dead giveaway is the dull color when cut open, which promises a bland taste. The remedy is to throw a few juicy tangerines into the mix. Their lively taste can breathe new life into a tired orange.
Picking Perfect Produce
Tangerines are seasonal and can be found from November through February. They often come in small wooden crates covered in a plastic orange colored mesh, which can hide less then healthy fruit underneath. Peek under the mesh and look for well-colored fruit free of soft spots and mold.
Storing Your Produce
Can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator and are best eaten within a week.
The unique taste of tangerine mixes well with all citrus fruits, especially oranges.