Posted by Bangzkie Wednesday, February 15, 2012
"bitter orange", also known as Seville orange, sour orange, bigarade orange, and marmalade orange, refers to a citrus tree (Citrus × aurantium) and its fruit. Many varieties of bitter orange are used for their essential oil, which is used in perfume and as a flavoring. The Seville orange variety is used in the production of marmalade.Bitter orange is also employed in herbal medicine as a stimulant and appetite suppressant.The active ingredient, synephrine, has been linked to a number of deaths, and consumer groups advocate avoiding medicinal use of the fruit.
This orange is used as a rootstock in groves of sweet orange.The fruit and leaves make lather and can be used as soap.The hard white or light yellow wood is used in woodworking and made into baseball bats in Cuba.
Plant based stimulant
The extract of bitter orange (and bitter orange peel) has been marketed as dietary supplement purported to act as a weight-loss aid and appetite suppressant. Bitter orange contains the tyramine metabolites N-methyltyramine, octopamine and synephrine, substances similar to epinephrine, which act on the α1 adrenergic receptor to constrict blood vessels and increase blood pressure and heart rate.There is no evidence that bitter orange is effective in promoting weight loss Following bans on the herbal stimulant ephedra in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere, bitter orange has been substituted into "ephedra-free" herbal weight-loss products by dietary supplement manufacturers. Like most dietary supplement ingredients, bitter orange has not undergone formal safety testing, but it is believed to cause the same spectrum of adverse events as ephedra.
This orange is used as a rootstock in groves of sweet orange The fruit and leaves make lather and can be used as soap.The hard white or light yellow wood is used in woodworking and made into baseball bats in Cuba.