Murcott mandarins contain a range of interesting and nutritionally important phytochemicals including organic acids, phenolic acid derivatives, flavonoid aglycones, flavonoid glycosides, flavonoids containing 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl (HMG) units, coumarin derivatives and limonoids. These phytochemicals have been researched and many of them possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Extracts of murcott mandarins have been tested for their anti-inflammatory effects and have been found to possess significant ability to resist the generation of free radicals in chemical experiments. In animal models of inflammation including inflammatory ulcers in rats, murcott mandarins were significantly able to provide gastroprotective effects that may stem from antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. The stems, leaves and peel of the fruit were effective in this manner. Consuming mandarins and similar fruit may therefore confer significant health benefits to the consumer.
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