Bitter Orange Extract

Bitter Orange Extract

Bitter Orange, also known as Bigarade Orange or Neroli, has served many ancient cultures for its medicine effects in treating a large variety of health disorders.

Bitter Orange for Better Health

Bitter orange has a complex chemical makeup. Of particular value is the oil that is extracted from the peel of bitter orange. This oil gives bitter orange a strong odor and flavor and is used as a remedy for a variety of health problems. The peel contains flavones, the alkaloids synephrine, octopamine, and N-methyltyramine, and carotenoids.

Only the peel of bitter orange has proven medicinal value, mainly for digestive problems and a few other health concerns. However, in folk medicine the flower of bitter orange is also used.

Bitter Orange for Weight Loss

Bitter orange contains several chemical compounds believed to stimulate metabolic rate, which may increase calorie burning in the body. While no clinical trails have substantiated the effectiveness of bitter orange as weight loss supplement, it does show some promise.

Dosage and Administration

Many health professionals recommend 1 to 2 grams of dried bitter orange peel simmered for 10 to 15 minutes in a cup of water. Three cups are usually recommended as a daily dosage. As a tincture, 2 to 3 ml is usually recommended, also to be taken three times a day. Supplementing with pure bitter orange oil is usually avoided.

Supporting Literature

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