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Oranges can kill at least 3 types of cancer, according to science

Oranges can kill at least 3 types of cancer

Usually we hear that oranges are packed with vitamin C, making it a natural immune booster. But recently scientists found that the fruit orange contains a phytonutrient called hesperidin, which has anticancer properties. Below is the scientific research proving that oranges can kill at least 3 types of cancer.


The hesperidin molecule, is one the most important flavanone in oranges, and it is mostly found in the peel and inner white pulp of the orange, rather than in its liquid orange center. But, you don't need to buy hesperidin supplements, as orange juice has also been proven to boost antioxidants concentration in plasma, which explains why oranges can kill at least 3 types of cancer. So, below are some of the scientific findings on the anticancer properties of oranges.

Lung cancer

A study aiming to test the chemopreventive nature of hesperidin during induced lung cancer in Swiss albino mice, found that hesperidin supplementation (25 mg/kg body weight) significantly attenuated cancer like alterations, thereby showing potent anticancer effect in lung cancer. Further the antiproliferative effect of hesperidin was confirmed by histopathological analysis and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) immunostaining.

colon cancer

Researchers designed a study to modulate the effects of dietary feeding of two flavonoids, diosmin and hesperidin in rats, who were induced to develop colon cancer. They concluded that diosmin and hesperidin, both alone and in combination, act as a chemopreventive agent against colon carcinogenesis, and such effects may be partly due to suppression of cell proliferation in the colonic crypts.

Bladder cancer

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In a “bladder cancer” model study, male ICR mice were fed diets containing either diosmin or hesperidin or a combination of both for 24 weeks. It was concluded that feeding of the test compounds, singly or in combination, caused a significant reduction in the frequency of bladder carcinoma and preneoplasia. Dietary administration of these compounds significantly decreased the AgNOR count and the BUdR-labeling index of various bladder lesions. These findings suggested that the flavonoids diosmin and hesperidin, individually and in combination, are effective in inhibiting chemical carcinogenesis of the bladder, and that such inhibition might be partly related to suppression of cell proliferation.

The fact that oranges can kill at least 3 types of cancer, should be one more reason to make yourself fresh orange juice every morning. Sweet orange juices, regardless of variety, provide 20–59 mg of hespiridin per 100 mL of orange juice, according to a book discussing polyphenols in human health and disease. But, other researchers have observed that varieties and ripeness can affect the quantity of hesperidin. For example: While one study on the bioavailability of orange juice found that there was approximately 322 mg hesperidin per kg of juice, another study calculated that commercial orange juice provided 444 mg of hesperidin per litre. Regardless of exact amount of hesperidin ingested, its common sense that if you often consume whole oranges, your hesperidin plasma levels will increase, which will provide your body with the anticancer ‘superpowers' it needs.

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