Thursday, February 16, 2012

For the love of OJ

I've been in love with OJ (orange juice) ever since when I first drunk it on a plane going to U.S.A. No matter how strong the tastes was, I drink it like it was never that sour. I love drinking OJ at breakfast, lunch,snacktime,dinner -- in short any time of the day. So what does OJ do in our body?

from Healthmad

Orange juice is a basis of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), thiamine, Phosphorus G, folic acid (Vitamin B9) potassium, and vitamin B6. One 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice counts as almost 25% of the USDA-recommended every day fruit and vegetable servings, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

from Livestrong

Provides Vitamin C
Drinking at least two glasses of orange juice per day increases the vitamin C concentration within the body by 40 to 64 percent, according to the said study published in the September 2003 "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition." Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that cannot be synthesized by the human body, is an important antioxidant, a substance that protects the body against the harmful effects of free radicals, the molecules that may cause tissue damage and early aging.

Protects Against Inflammation
The intake of glucose and high-fat meals induces the development of inflammatory reactions within the body. Inflammatory reactions lead to the development of increased insulin resistance, a common cause of Type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, the hardening of blood vessel walls due to fat deposition. As mentioned in a study published in the April 2010 "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," the intake of orange juice, together with a high-carbohydrate, high-fat meal, prevents the occurrence of inflammation within the body, making it a good preventive measure against the development of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis.

Improves Diastolic Blood Pressure
Regular orange juice consumption may improve diastolic blood pressure, suggests a study published by "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in January 2011. According to this study, orange juice contains hesperidin, a healthy water-soluble plant pigment. Hesperidin serves to improve the activity of small blood vessels, blood pressure and decrease the cardiovascular risk biomarkers in susceptible patients.

Decreases Bad Cholesterol Levels
Regular orange juice consumption may lead to the decrease the level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients with high cholesterol level, suggests a study published in the October 2010 issue of the "Nutrition Research." However, the mechanism behind this blood cholesterol level improvement with orange juice consumption is still unclear. Further studies and clinical trials are necessary to further establish this fact.

from Orange juice Nutrition Facts

*Freshly orange juices are rich in antioxidants
*Freshly orange juices can be used to fight against some healthy issues such as heart disease and cancer
*It can be used to boost your immune system
*It can be used to reduce the harmful effects of free radicals within your body cells

from Hubpages of len7288

Orange is Beneficial in the following cases :

*Prevent kidney stone
*Helps lower cholesterol
*Helps prevent diabetes
*High blood pressure
*Persons addicted to alcohol have found that the desire for liquor is greatly reduced by drinking of orange juice.
*Consumption of large quantities of oranges will decrease the outpouring of mucus secretions from the nose.

Nutritional Contents of Orange :

*Betacarotene, another powerful antioxidant that protects our cells from being damage.
*Calcium that helps protect and maintain the health of our bone and teeth.
*Folic Acid for proper brain development.
*Magnesium helps maintain blood pressure.
*Potassium helps maintain electrolyte balance in the cells, and is important in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.
*Thiamin helps to convert food into energy.
*Vitamin B6 helps support the production of hemoglobin that carries oxygen to all parts of the body.

See, there are a lot of benefits of drinking OJ. Those are just some pages dedicated for OJ benefits. The next fruit juice I'll feature might be Apple, Pineapple or Cranberry. who knows?

I advice that make it a habit to drink a glass of fresh fruit juice, you might realize that it does wonders for the body and even for the skin too.
Remember: Beauty comes from within. And nourishing your body will show how healthy your skin is.

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