Sweet orange (citrus sinensis) is a member of the Rutaceae family. It is cultivated in subtropical regions all over the world. Sweet orange peel, juice, and fruit can be used for various functions.
Sweet orange contains limonene as well as the flavonoids naringin and nobiletin. The orange peel contains an essential oil and bitter principles. Sweet orange contains other flavonoids and a volatile oil although their effects are less evident. Sweet orange provides the body with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C.
Sweet orange has anti-inflammatory properties. It also been used as an apetite stimulant, for coughs and colds, and for the improvement of blood lipid profiles. Sweet orange has atonic and antiflatulent effects as well.