Bitter Orange Uses
Bitter orange contains several different active components. One of these components is synephrine, a stimulant compound similar to ephedra. While synephrine may theoretically suppress the appetite or increase metabolism, it is also responsible for many of the side effects of bitter orange. Bitter orange also contains flavenoids, plant compounds that may possess antioxidant activity. Bitter orange also appears to have some activity as an antibiotic or antiviral.
Bitter orange is probably safe for children (and adults) when consumed in normal food amounts. However, most people do not consume bitter orange as a food; instead, it is most often used in herbal supplements, which may not be safe for children.