bitter orange

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bit·ter or·ange

(bit'ĕr ōr'ănj)
The fruit of Citrus aurantium; clinical reports suggest use as an antiviral, in treating gastrointestinal and dermatologic disorders. Some have used it as an appetite suppressant (after the ban on ephedra), but severe and frequent adverse effects have been reported (seizure, cardiovascular disorders).

bitter orange

A citrus tree, Citrus aurantium, whose oils are used in some cultures as an oral remedy for gastrointestinal conditions such as constipation or nausea. Bitter orange is commonly used in dietary supplements as an aid to fat loss and as an appetite suppressant.


Bitter orange can worsen cardiovascular disease and glaucoma.
Synonym: zhi shi

bitter orange,

n an essential oil, expressed from the fruit of the bitter orange
(Citrus aurantium), useful for treating colds and flu, constipation and flatulence, gum conditions, sluggish digestion, and stress.
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The intensity of the UV-Vis absorption spectra for the Citrus fruits decreased in the order of: Citrus grandis greater than Citrus aurantium greater than Citrus sinensis greater than Citrus reticulata.
Em contrapartida, outros suplementos surgiram entre eles os que contem citrus aurantium em sua composicao, o qual tem sido utilizado como uma alternativa segura e eficaz por apresentar em sua composicao um alcaloide similar a ephedra (efedrina), agindo assim como agonista adrenergico (Haaz e colaboradores, 2006).
Studies of the substance in selected supplements, however, have questioned the safety of citrus aurantium, suggesting that if it is combined with such other ingredients as caffeine and various herbs it can elevate blood pressure and heart rates to dangerously high levels.
A compound present in Citrus aurantium, synephrine, is chemically similar to ephedrine and may pose the same risks--a concern that has prompted one member of Congress to call on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the supplements.
In the wake of ephedra, perhaps the most popular of the "new" generation of herbal weight-loss products Citrus aurantium (Seville orange or sour orange), used in traditional Chinese medicine for digestive problems.
These are Citrus aurantium Bigardia, Seville oranges (above), from.
Natural Preservative Blend to Address Contemporary Consumer Preferences; Formaldehyde-free, Halogen-free, Paraben-free INCI Name: Natural Benzyl Alcohol (and) Glycerin (and) Citrus Reticulata Fruit Extract (and) Citrus Aurantium Amara Fruit Extract (and) Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract (and) Tocopherol (and) Ascorbic Acid (and) Citric Acid (and) Lactic Acid
citri females (12-15) were aspirated from untreated 15 years old sour oranges, Citrus aurantium trees into clear plastic straws that were plugged with a cotton swab at one end and cork at the other end.