Orange juice is one of the most common beverages for breakfast around the world. While it may not be good to have in excess, we dive into 5 secret benefits we bet you didn't know!
Orange juice is known for it's rich concentration of vitamin C, what it is not very well known for, we will get into now.
1. Immune System Fortification
Also known as "the immunity vitamin", vitamin C is the main source of vitamins in oranges, which also happens to be an extremely versatile nutrient with immune system fortification being one of it's super powers for your body. How does it fortify your immune system exactly?
ANSWER: White Blood Cells.
There are many different types of white blood cells in your body, and each one helps to fight off bacteria and infections in it's own way. Vitamin C works together with white blood cells by promoting their function and production.
2. Improves your Digestive System
Digestive problems can occur from many different things, such as unhealthy lifestyle and diet, insufficient stomach acidity, infections and much more.
There are a number of ways oranges can help to improve your digestive system. As we mentioned before, vitamin C promotes white blood cell production and function which fights off infections, bacteria, and strengthens the immune system.
Citrus fruits contain a variety of natural acids, so freshly squeezed or blended juices prior to eating can help stimulate your digestive system.
Have you ever heard that drinking lemonade helps with indigestion? The acidity in lemonade does the same thing!
3. Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are good for your overall health. They are basically a substance that prevent and slow down the damage caused by "free radicals".
To have a full understanding of what free radicals are requires basic chemistry knowledge, so will get into this in another article. Basically, free radicals are unstable molecules cause a process within your body called "oxidative stress" which can damage your body's cells leading to a range of diseases and aging symptoms. Oranges are a good source of antioxidants such as flavonoids and carotenoids.4. Helps your body make collagen
4. Helps your body make collagen
What is collagen? Collagen is a type of protein found in your body. There are at least 16 different types of collagen which all have a different role. Each of these different types of collagen assist in a range of different ways from providing structure to your skin, bones and tendons, to supporting the structure of your muscles, organs and arteries.
Either way, collagen is good for your overall health, so the more the better!
So how do oranges help your body make collagen? Vitamin C!
Vitamin C is a major player when it comes to collagen production.
5. Promotes Heart Health
Vitamin C is found to keep blood from clotting within the body, which prevents thrombosis (blood clotting) and reduces the risk of heart attacks. Vitamin C is also known to keep cholesterol levels low which also aids in the prevention of heart disease.
So there you have it, 5 Extraordinary Benefits from Orange Juice!