Tangerine is one of the most refreshing and nourishing fruits available. We all enjoy these in many different forms, as a beverage, in dessert, salad, or eat the fruit as such. Irrespective of the way it is used, tangerine always adds a flavorful punch and vital nutrients to the preparation in which it is used. But, do you know that the peel of tangerine, that all of us usually discard, may benefit us as well?

Surprising as it may seem to you, the tangerine peel is beneficial to our health. Before we share with you the potential health benefits of this citrus fruit peel we recommend that next time you go grocery shopping, be more vigilant than before regarding the quality, cleanliness, and freshness of the peel (obviously along with the fruit) so that you may use it to heal your body.

There are studies that report the benefit of tangerine peel in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. In fact, tea prepared using dried peels of tangerine may provide relief in many physical conditions that may range from indigestion to cancer. Even though there are no studies that talk about tangerine peel tea per say, there are studies available that share the effect of consuming tangerine peel and tea on your health status.

Going by the later recommendation, we recommend that you may enjoy tangerine peel tea not only to refresh yourself but also to nourish your body. To prepare this tea, you have to remove the tangerine peels carefully without having too much pith attached to it. Place the peels on a clean and dry sheet and let it dry naturally. Once the peel dries to a hardened stage with no more moisture trapped within the peel, you may store it in an air tight container. Add a few roughly torn pieces of this dried peel to hot water (preferably in a mug) and let it steep for a couple of minutes. You may use this hot water to prepare the tea of your choice.

According to a study in 2001, it was reported that a combination of hot black tea with citrus peel may lower the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by about 70% while the black tea alone aids in lowering this cancer risk by only 40%.

As per another study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, tangerine peels were reported to be more beneficial than the juice in potentially lowering the cholesterol levels. This could be because of the presence of as high as 20 times more antioxidants in tangerine peel than the fruit juice.

High concentration of antioxidants in tangerine peel could be the reason this fruit peel has been reported to be beneficial against cancer. Apart from that, a Chinese doctor reports that tangerine peel, if used in cooking and preparing tea, may benefit to comfort morning sickness and motion sickness, aid in digestion, manage blood sugar level, activate detoxification of the liver, relieve stress, and treat flu and cold.