What is Bitter Orange?
Bitter orange, also known as Citrus Aurantium is a fruit, commonly used in Chinese medicine. The extract comes from the peel, rather than the fruit itself. It is known for its stimulant properties, as it is natural source of synephrine and octopamine, two ingredients closely related to ephedra. Ephedra was banned by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, due to the number of incidents reporting harsh side effects, which include death. However, when used appropriately and with correct dosage amounts, bitter orange extract is not harmful.
Forms of Bitter Orange Extract
Bitter Orange extract comes in various forms. These include:
- Tablets and Capsules
Bitter Orange Uses
Bitter orange is most commonly used in weight loss supplements as a fat burner. It is also used to treat indigestion, nausea, heart burn, constipation, and nasal congestion. It is also used in topical formulas to treat conditions such as: fungal infections (ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot, etc.), muscle inflammation and pain, bruising, and inflammation of the eyelids. Though this is not a fruit people eat out of their hands like a traditional sweet orange, it is the primary type of orange used in British marmalade, and can be used as a flavoring in sodas and candies.