Mandarins

Mandarin is a fruit that looks very similar to oranges, except that mandarin has a thinner skin and is smaller in size. There are different types of Mandarins – Clementine, Tangor, Owari, Satsuma and Tangerine. Tangerine is the popular one among them. This is said to have originated in China, but it grows all over Asia.

Mandarin is mainly used in salads and as flavors for gums, candies and ice-cream. Mandarin is said be a powerful anti-oxidant with rich vitamin C and a nutritious fruit with great benefits when consumed regularly.

Fresh mandarin juice

Prevents Cancer

The carotenoids present mandarin oranges due to high Vitamin A have shown to reduce the risk of liver cancer. Mandarin juice given to hepatitis C patients failed to develop liver cancer because of its high beta cryptoxanthin content. Mandarin has a high level of limonene which has anti-cancer effects and also helps to prevent breast cancer.

There are researches done on the properties of mandarin and many are still going on.

Controls cholesterol

The anti-oxidant present in mandarin helps to lessen bad cholesterol in the body and convert it onto good cholesterol. Mandarin juice fights the free radicals in the body which creates bad cholesterol (bad cholesterol sticks to the main arteries in the body).

Mandarin also contains soluble and insoluble fiber like hemicellulose and pectin which prevents cholesterol absorption in the gut.

Weight loss

Mandarin is a fruit that is rich in fiber and hence it keeps the stomach full for a longer period of time. It also reduces food craving. This assists in weight loss. Consuming mandarin juice regularly helps you to reduce weight quickly.

To make a juice of mandarins

  • Peel the skin off 4 mandarins
  • De-seed
  • Use a mixer and blend the peeled mandarins in the juicer jar
  • Do not filter the juice
  • Add mint and ice for taste
orange juice
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Blood Pressure regulation

Consuming mandarins regularly can help you regulate blood pressure. Minerals like potassium in mandarin, is highly useful in lowering the blood pressure. They ensure smooth flow of blood in the arteries.

Boosts immunity

The Vitamin C in Mandarin helps you to fight common cold and increases the immunity towards flu. It also fights bacteria that cause harm to our body. It also helps in removing toxins and purifies the blood. Vomiting, cramps and stomach disorders can also be cured when mandarin is consumed regularly.

Benefits of Mandarin juice
Topical application:

Healthy skin

The vitamin C in mandarins helps you have a healthy skin. It improves the skin tone and keeps your skin young by reducing wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes. Mandarin can be applied externally on your skin and can also be eaten raw to reap full benefits.

  • Squeeze the juice from the fruit
  • Use a cotton ball to dab the juice on your skin
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off
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When mandarin juice is applied externally, it protects the skin from harsh UV rays.

For cut wounds

The mandarin oil (extracted from mandarin fruit) is said to heal and generate new cells at greater extent. The oil can be applied externally on open wounds or small cuts.

For healthy hair

The mandarin juice can be applied on your hair and scalp. The anti-oxidant property protects your skin from pollution and free radicles. Hence it reduces dandruff and hair fall.

  • Add mandarin juice to your regular hair oil
  • Apply the mixture on your hair
  • Leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off

You would find your hair with more shine and bounce. The Vitamin E and Vitamin B12 not only helps your hair to grow but also slows down the greying of hair.

Availability and consumption

Mandarins are usually available in plenty during winters. But these days, the fruit comes in handy throughout the year in many super markets. The reason is probably the increase in cold storage facilities. But left to myself, I am a person who prefers to buy seasonal fruits in the respective season for the simple reason that they have not been artificially kept fresh for longer duration. If you;re anyone like me, go for these fruits during winter.

Mandarins can also be eaten like oranges. Small seeds can be found in each piece inside the fruit and hence we advise to not to eat them, as they are bitter in taste.

Mandarins can be consumed in the form of juice frequently. It is a very refreshing drink during summer to cool down your body heat and keep you fresh and hydrated.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.