Eating orange better than popping vitamin pills

Washington: Eating an orange is much better for one`s health than simply taking vitamin C pills.

A host of antioxidants in orange work together to retard ageing and possibly keep heart disease and cancer at bay, the Journal of Food Science reports.

"There is something about an orange that`s better than taking a vitamin C capsule, and that is really what we`re trying to figure out," said Tory Parker, assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science at Brighan Young University in US.

Parker and his team concluded that `phenolic compounds` in oranges, rich in antioxidants and anti-microbial properties worked in tandem, according to a Brighan Young statement.