Orange juice made by squeezing oranges to extract the juice, either by hand or using commercial methods. It’s naturally high in vital nutrients, such as vitamin C and potassium. Plus, commercial varieties are often enriched with calcium and vitamin D.
A new study suggests 100% orange juice has the potential to help fight inflammation and oxidative stress in adults. The study indicates drinking 100% orange juice significantly reduces interleukin 6, a well-established marker of inflammation, in both healthy and high-risk adults.
Benefits of Orange Juice
Powerhouse of Nutrients : Orange juice is a concentrated source of vitamin C, rich in folate, which is needed for DNA synthesis, fetal growth and development, it’s an excellent source of the mineral potassium.
Rich in Antioxidants : Antioxidants in orange juice promote health by preventing oxidative damage.
Prevention of Kidney stones : Orange juice can increase the pH or urine, making it more alkaline which may aid in preventing kidney stones.
Improve Heart Health : Orange juice may reduce several risk factors for heart disease — such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol and help keep your heart healthy and strong.
Reduce Inflammation : Orange juice decreases markers of inflammation like CRP and IL-6 — which could potentially aid in disease prevention
Though orange juice is connected to several health benefits, it’s also high in calories and sugar. Also unlike whole fruits, it lacks fiber, meaning it’s less filling and could potentially lead to weight gain. Practicing portion control and opting for fresh-squeezed or 100% orange juice can help maximize health benefits while reducing your risk of adverse effects.