The Many Benefits of Drinking Orange Juice

May 12, 2013

People often start their day with either a cup of coffee or a tall glass of orange juice so as to set them up for the day. And though coffee is the more obvious choice for people who want to jump start their day, you may want to rethink your beverage of choice because orange juice has a ton of benefits that you just might be missing out on.

Orange juice is a staple for some of the households around the world. With its sweet-tangy taste that can surely refresh anyone and its bright cheerful color that can remind you of a sunny day, it’s no wonder that a lot of people love drinking orange juice. But what exactly are you getting in a glass of orange juice?

A glass of orange juice a day can actually help keep the doctor away by providing you with some much needed vitamin C. Because vitamin C boosts the immune system, viruses and infections such as the common cold and flu can be avoided. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that drinking orange juice can significantly reduce the duration of colds and flues.

But it won’t just save you from infections, orange juice’s vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant that can guard the body from the detrimental effects of free radicals which are known for damaging tissues and making people look older than they really are. So by drinking orange juice you not only feel better, you will also look better and younger!

Orange juice is also a great beverage for those who have problems with their blood pressure. As it turns out, orange juice contains a flavanone glycoside called hesperidin that promotes healthy small blood vessels and can improve your blood pressure.

But aside from heperidin, the potassium in orange juice can also help improve blood pressure as well as reduce the risk of ever developing problems with blood pressure. This is because potassium reduces the amount of sodium in our body. You will actually urinate the excess sodium in your body thereby lowering your risk for hypertension and other cardiovascular problems. And as a side note, another benefit of the potassium from drinking orange juice is that it will also save you from painful cramps.

But one of the best benefits of drinking orange juice, especially during a meal, is its ability to reduce inflammation. A study done on those who drank orange juice after a meal show that the inflammatory response of their bodies to meals that are high in carbs and fats have been dulled. This means that foods that are high in carbs or in fats won’t be giving you that much of a problem. And despite orange juice being high in calories and in natural sugars, those who drank it had lower blood sugar levels than those who drank water an hour after the meal.

And you can forget about those sad, cloudy or ever rainy days that leave you feeling weary and down – orange juice can turn that all around! As it turns out, orange juice can really make you feel better by giving you positive emotions, and more than that, it also boosts your energy level so no more of that depressed, tired feeling.

And for the mommies-to-be out there, orange juice is great for your pregnancy. Not just because of the high amount of vitamin C the juice contains, but because of the healthy amounts of folic acid that is in a glass of orange juice. Folic acid is essential for pregnant women as it allows you to absorb more iron from your meals thereby preventing you from being iron-deficient, as well as prevent your baby from having any defects. So mommies, drink up!

But there are some things to remember before you start chugging away orange juice. Because a glass of orange juice has comparable amounts of calories to a can of soda – 112 calories – it is better to drink just one to two glasses of it. In fact, it is not recommended to drink excessive amounts of orange juice. You don’t have to worry about not getting enough of its benefits because a glass or two a day is enough to provide you those benefits.

Orange juice is a great drink to have on either a cold rainy or snowy day or a hot summer day. It’s great before, during, and after meals. It’s great for those who don’t want to get sick, those who have blood pressure problems, and those who are pregnant. Plus, it will not only make you feel better because of all its vitamin C and nutrients, it will make you feel better emotionally too! So don’t skip it, drink a tall glass of orange juice and feel refreshed, healthier, and more cheerful. Have a glass today and start feeling all of the wonderful benefits that orange juice can offer you.

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