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Sweet Orange

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What other names is Sweet Orange known by?

Bioflavonoid Complex, Bioflavonoid Concentrate, Bioflavonoid Extract, , Bioflavonoïde d'Agrumes, Bioflavonoïdes, Bioflavonoids, Blood Orange, Citri Sinensis, Citrus, Citrus aurantium, Citrus aurantium var. dulcis, Citrus aurantium var. sinensis, Citrus Bioflavones, Citrus Bioflavonoid, Citrus Bioflavonoid Extract, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Citrus Extract, Citrus Flavones, Citrus Flavonoids, Citrus macracantha, Citrus Peel Extract, Citrus Seed Extract, Citrus sinensis, Complexe de Bioflavonoïde, Concentré de Bioflavonoïde, Extrait d'Agrume, Extrait de Bioflavonoïde, Extrait de Bioflavonoïde d'Agrumes, Extrait de Zeste d'Agrume, Flavonoïdes d'Agrumes, Flavonoids, Jaffa Orange, Jus d'Orange, Naranja Dulce, Navel Orange, Orange, Orange Bioflavonoids, Orange de Jaffa, Orange de Valence, Orange Douce, Orange Douce Sauvage, Orange Juice, Orange Peel, Orange Sanguine, Pericarpium, Red Orange, Shamouti Orange, Shamouti Sweet Orange, Valencia Orange, Wild Orange, Wild Sweet Orange, Zeste d'Orange, Zeste d'Orange Douce.

What is Sweet Orange?

Sweet orange is a fruit. The peel and juice are used to make medicine.

The peel of sweet orange is used to increase appetite; reduce phlegm; and treat coughs, colds, intestinal gas (flatulence), acid indigestion (dyspepsia), and cancerous breast sores. It is also used as a tonic.

Sweet orange juice is used for treating kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) and high cholesterol; and preventing high blood pressure and stroke, as well as prostate cancer.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Preventing high blood pressure and stroke. Drinking sweet orange juice seems to help lower the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows makers of sweet orange products that provide at least 350 mg of potassium per serving and are low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol to make label claims that their product might reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Treating high cholesterol. Drinking sweet orange juice helps improve cholesterol levels. In large amounts (750 mL, or about three 8-oz glasses, per day for four weeks), orange juice seems to increase "good" high-density lipoprotein and reduce the ratio of "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) to HDL cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.

Possibly Ineffective for...

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Asthma. There is some evidence that sweet orange and other fruits that are rich in vitamin C might improve lung function in people with asthma. But not all studies agree.
  • Colds. Some research shows that drinking 180 mL (about 6 ounces) of sweet orange juice daily might help prevent symptoms of the common cold.
  • Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis). Some research reports that drinking 400 mL of sweet orange juice (about 13 ounces) increases the amount of citrate in the urine. This might help to prevent kidney stones that are made of calcium.
  • Coughs.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Cancerous breast sores.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet orange for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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