Tangerine has been recognized as having a high content of bioactive compounds.
Between the pulp and the peel, this fruit contains folic acid, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and bioactive compounds such as flavonoids. Citrus peel has the potential to be used as a source of medicinal compounds because it contains carotenes, essential oils, pectin, and several polyphenolic compounds [1,2].
Tangerine peel as a digestive tonic
Citrus peel extract has been shown to support digestion by regulating smooth muscle contraction in the gut. Relieves cramps by inhibiting hyperactive contacts and supports bowel mobility by encouraging contractions of hypofunctional muscles. The tangerine peel contains limonene and alpha-pipeline, which exhibit antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can help the intestine from the overgrowth of opportunistic pathogens. Citrus peel extracts in citrus can soothe heartburn and acid reflux and provide anti-inflammatory compounds in the gut.
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