Oranges Prevent Cancer

Aug 13, 2004 12:49 PM EDT

Australian research has found that eating oranges may prevent certain forms of cancer.

The Australian government's key research group, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), found consuming citrus fruits could reduce the risk of mouth, throat and stomach cancers by up to 50%. The organization also stated that even just one extra serving of citrus a day—in addition the recommended five daily servings of fruit and vegetables—could also reduce the risk of a stroke by 19%.

“Convincing evidence”

Citrus fruits protect the body through their antioxidant properties and by strengthening the immune system, inhibiting tumor growth and normalizing tumor cells.

The Australian study—which was based on 48 international studies on the health benefits of citrus fruits—also found “convincing evidence” that citrus could reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes.

Highest antioxidant levels

According to the scientists, oranges have the highest level of antioxidants of all fruit, with more than 170 different phytochemicals, including more than 60 flavonoids shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot inhibiting properties.