Orange juice is consumed worldwide and is considered the worlds most popular fruit juice. Orange juice contains many beneficial nutrients – most notably Vitamin C. Other nutrients that are inside this fruitful juice less commonly spoken about are vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and folate. Furthermore, orange juice can be a good source of fibre (especially when it contains pulp), which helps to maintain digestive health and may assist in reducing your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. In this article, we share with you some of the potential benefits of drinking a daily glass of orange juice.
Immune system support
Orange juice contains high levels of vitamin C, which is considered an antioxidant for the body, supporting your immune system. Therefore, consuming enough of these nutrient assists in helping to fight off unwanted viruses and illness, such as the common cold. One glass of juice provides you with 67% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
May decrease inflammation
Sustained high levels of inflammation, which we see in today’s society are associated with the development of chronic disease. Some studies suggest drinking orange juice could decrease some of the inflammation markers driving the problems, and therefore could potentially aid in disease prevention.
Enhanced digestive function
Orange juice with the pulp is high in fiber helping to regulate digestive functions. It is also helpful to reduce gastric acid and support optimal liver function.
Reduced risk of kidney stones
Kidney stones are small deposits that accumulate in the kidneys causing pain, nausea, and blood in the urine. Orange juice contains high levels of potassium citrate, which binds to the calcium in urine increasing the pH; making it more alkaline. This supports an environment where kidney stones are less likely to develop.
Birth defect risk reduction
The folate in orange juice can help to support healthy fetal development. Pregnant women are advised to consume at least 400mcg of folate or folic acid per day to reduce the risk of neural tube defects.
Benefits to heart health
Heart disease is a major problem worldwide. There have been studies to suggest drinking orange juice may reduce several risk factors for heart disease such as reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol and helping to keep your heart healthy and strong. However, this must always be considered alongside other health-promoting behaviours such as regular exercise, low-stress levels and a healthy balanced diet.
Whilst there are many health benefits to drinking orange juice, like most things it should always be consumed in moderation. It is recommended to limit intake to one glass of juice per day and to always choose freshly squeezed where possible.