Everyone knows that orange juice contains vitamin C, which is a powerful vitamin in its own right! But were you aware that orange juice contains a whole lot more than just vitamin C?
This article will focus in on three other nutrients that will give you even more of a reason to drink delicious homemade orange juice!
Orange juice contains the flavonoid Hesperidin, which comes with some pretty powerful health benefits! The fruit of the orange itself contains quite a bit of Hesperidin, but is more highly concentrated in the pulp and pith. The pith is the white pulpy stuff that’s on your orange after you open it up from the peel. This is a good reason to consider leaving some pulp, as well as pith in your orange juice. When juicing you can easily do this by simply stirring some of the pulp back in. Be sure to leave the pith on your orange when juicing it also, that way when you stir the pulp back in it will also contain some pith.
Here are a few nutritional health benefits of Hesperidin.
- Hesperidin has been shown in studies to lower diastolic blood pressure, which is the lower number on a blood pressure reading.
- Hesperidin contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies have even suggested that it might be a possible therapeutic agent for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.
- Hesperidin, in conjunction with diosmin (another antioxidant found in oranges) has been shown to aid in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Naringenin is another flavonoid in oranges that contains powerful health benefits!
- Naringenin has been shown to be effective versus many different kinds of cancer.
- Naringenin contains powerful antioxidant activity, which has been shown to reduce DNA damage, as well as oxidative damage to our body. This is due to its ability to scavenge free radicals, which are known to do damage to a lot of the cells in our body.
Not many people are aware of this, but oranges contain a decent amount of calcium. 1 cup of orange slices contains around 71 milligrams of calcium, which is equivalent to %7 of the USDA daily recommended value. An orange, depending on the size can contain anywhere between .75 cups to 1 and 1/2 cups of slices. While this may not sound like a lot remember you’re not depending upon an orange for all of your calcium needs. However, quite a few oranges can go into a glass of orange juice and before you know it you’ve downed a good amount of calcium!
Check out a few of the nutritional health benefits of calcium
- Calcium assists with the proper growth and development of our bones and teeth.
- Calcium helps to prevent osteoporosis.
- Calcium helps to maintain a healthy alkaline ph level.
- Calcium helps with transporting nutrients throughout the body.
Well there you go! I hope that this article will give you some more motivation to make yourself a nice tall glass of orange juice, or to mix some orange juice into your juice recipes!
If you would like some juice recipe ideas that contain orange juice, we’ve got you covered! Liisa and I (Sean) are big fans of orange juice, and have put together quite a few combinations that you will find right here! Thanks for dropping by, and happy juicing!
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