Super cold and allergy relief from placer mandarin orange

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have confirmed that the juice from Owari Satsumamandarins_03 mandarins grown in Placer County, California orchards contains significant amounts of synephrine, a natural product that can help relieve the symptoms of colds and allergies.

Dr. Andrew P. Breksa III,  Klaus Dragull and Brian Cain through USDA’s Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California, found  “the synephrine concentrations from mandarins grown in the Placer County orchards were up to six times higher than values previously determined for orange juices.”

The next step could be a bioavailability study that will measure the rate at which synephrine enters the blood stream after a person drinks mandarin orange juice from these Placer County orchards, and how long that synephrine remains in the blood stream.

Agricultural agvocate Joanne Neft, a champion of Placer County mandarins and other local agricultural marketing interests for more than 20 years, raised the money and coordinated the study pro bono with the High Sierra Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which works with USDA.

“The Placer County mandarin synephrine …may be a natural remedy for the symptoms of allergies and the common cold, a remedy that is easy to peel, easy to eat, and right in our own backyards,” Neft said. “Every child’s parents should be thrilled with this news.”

The High Sierra Resource Conservation and Development Council helps strengthen the local economy, rural heritage, conservation and management of natural resources and served as fiscal agent for the initial study. Funding came from several private donors, the Placer County Board of Supervisors, Mountain Mandarin Growers, Newcastle Area Business Association and the Placer County Farm Bureau.

USDA Study Shows County Mandarins Contain Cold Relief Substance USDA STUDY RESULTS October 07, ’08

Nutrition Information about the Mandarin
Owari Satsuma Mandarin Orange

One “average-size” piece of fruit contains:

Vitamin A: 420 I.U. per 100 gram
Vitamin B: Thiamin .07 mg
Riboflavin .03 gram
Niacin .2 gram
Vitamin C: 31 mg
Carbohydrates: 10.9 gram
Calcium: 33 mg
Iron: .4 mg
Phosphorous: 23 mg
Potassium: 110 mg
Photo Provided by Wayde Carroll


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