Mandarin orange comes from China but then entered Europe and North America in the 19th century. It is less commonly consumed in the US due to less plantation and higher price. It is low in calories but high in vitamins, especially vitamin C and flavonoids (both are strong natural antioxidants), pectin (natural form of prebiotic), folate, niacin, and phosphorus. In addition, mandarin orange contains antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin (you can also find these antioxidants in Goji berries in Karuna Rejuvenate Juice).
The other great health benefit of mandarin orange is its skin, its skin contains many unusual compounds such as Tangeraxanthin, Tangeritin, thymol, tyrosine, tryptophan, and more. These compounds process strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activities and are believed to contribute to the uses of mandarin orange skin in treating respiratory diseases and certain infections in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We use the whole mandarin orange including the skin in Karuna Joy-D Juice to further boost the health benefits of this tasty drink.
Learn more about the health benefits of Mandarin Orange.