Let’s start by getting the obvious out of the way: perhaps one of the most well-known orange juice health benefits is its incredibly high concentration of vitamin C, which helps to fight signs of aging and supports a healthy immune system. In fact, one medium size orange contains over 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. But believe it or not, orange juice health benefits don’t stop there.

Top Health Benefits Of Orange Juice

Like many other citrus juices, oranges contain nutrients known as citrus flavanones, which are not only chock full of antioxidants, but can also help to lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the body, making adding oranges into juicing recipes ideal for those suffering from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and asthma (provided oranges aren’t a trigger).

The unique combination of nutrients in oranges, including its high levels of vitamin C, fiber (12.5% of your daily intake), and vitamin B1 (7.3% of your daily intake) per medium size orange, can also help to prevent cardiovascular disease. A review of nearly 50 studies on oranges conducted by a prominent research group in Australia indicated that a diet high in citrus fruits like oranges, limes, and lemons could not only reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but also prevent cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, and stomach.

To top it all off, the health benefits of orange juice are easily accessible even for those looking to lose weight. With less sugar than many other types of fruit and only 61 calories per medium size orange, this fruit can be a healthy addition to maintenance or calorie-restricted juicing diets.

Because most orange juice products you find in the store are pasteurized many believe that the healthiest orange juice is that of freshly squeezed orange juice. If you are wondering how to make homemade orange juice it can be as easy as just squeezing oranges into a glass. However because citrus juicers or citrus presses are so inexpensive, you can quickly and effortlessly be enjoying the benefits of orange juice from home in no time.

The overall daily habit of juicing may have a tremendous impact in one’s health overtime. One reason is that juicing daily with fresh fruits and vegetable can increase the amount of nutrition in one’s daily diet. The fun aspect of juicing is that there are many combinations of juicing recipes which taste so delicious while providing a variety of nutrients.

Resources:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=37
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/month/orange.html

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