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The Surprising Health Benefits of Tangerines

Tangerines!

Tangerine, Tangerine, living reflection from a dream.

 Sorry, no. This post is not about Led Zeppelin. But can anyone else hear the world ‘tangerine’ without bursting into song? Just me? Oh. Well regardless, I am, in fact, here to talk about tangerines! And just how surprisingly beneficial they are to our bodies.

To start off, let’s figure out what tangerines are exactly, and what makes them different from their citrusy family members. Tangerines are a subclass to the Mandarin Orange – a master group name in citrus that originated in China. In the Mandarin family there are tangerines, satsumas, clementines and honeybells. Tangerine is the tangy, middle-of-the-road cousin. Not as sweet as dainty Clemintine or soft Satsuma, but not as tart as the wildchild Honeybell.

Tangerines, like most citrus fruits, have a lot to offer in the way of health benefits.

They help with cognitive function…and baby making!!
Tangerines are packed full of potassium and folic acid, a B vitamin that is necessary to every human body. Potassium helps the blood flow to your brain leading to better focus, and folate has been linked to the reduction of Alzheimers. And yes, I said baby making! But not that kind. When mom is cooking up baby in her belly, a balanced amount of folic acid in her diet will help baby form red blood cells and significantly decreases the chance of birth defects. 

Bye bye, infection. Hello, beautiful skin!
Citrus and vitamin C go together like peanut butter and jelly. And tangerines are no exception. One tangerine has over 40% DV! Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which protects the body from infection and free agents. That same vitamin C helps create collagen which keeps your skin looking youthful and elastic and your hair moisturized!

Keeping it clean
Tangerines are a great source of fiber! With 1.8 grams of fiber in one fruit, eating tangerines regularly can aid in constipation, and keep your bathroom schedule regular and healthy!

What goes better with a tangerine than…. More tangerine!? Have the snack of your tangerine dreams with a nice little fruit and a healthy soda. Wave Soda is 85% sparkling water and 15% real fruit juice and a little added caffeine. Order a pack of Tangerine Wave here!