Mandarin oranges come from China but then entered Europe and North America in the 19th century. They are less commonly consumed in the US due to less production and therefore higher price. They are 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 Karviva Rejuvenate Juice).
The other great health benefit of mandarin oranges are their skin, which 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 Karviva Joy-D Juice to further boost the health benefits of this tasty drink.