The Nutritional Benefits of Orange Juice
Approximately 80 percent of America‘s orange juice is made from Florida-grown oranges. And now that I live in Florida and have access to fresh o.j. just about everywhere at anytime of day, (I guess most of America has this too, lol) I thought I’d look into the benefits of drinking the sweet orange nectar.
Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants and it helps support a healthy immune system. Vitamin C may help neutralize free radicals that can damage cells and tissues and lead to disease. One 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice provides at least 100 percent of the Daily Value.
Potassium plays an important role in muscle function and may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. One 8-ounce glass of 100 % orange juice provides 14 percent of the Daily Value for potassium.
Folate (Folic Acid) is essential for cell division and healthy red blood cells. Adequate folic acid consumption during a woman’s childbearing years is strongly associated with reducing the risk of having a baby with birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, known as “neural tube defects.” Folate may help lower homocysteine levels in the blood that may contribute to inflammation that has been associated with cognitive impairment. An 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice provides about 11 percent of the Daily Value for folate.
Calcium (in fortified orange juice) is a key building block for strong, healthy bones and diets rich in calcium may also help support healthy blood pressure and promote cardio-vascular health. Eight ounces of calcium-fortified orange juice is an excellent non-dairy source of calcium, providing at least 35 percent of the Daily Value.
Vitamin B6 helps the body process energy from the food we eat and is needed for the production of new cells, including healthy red blood cells. An 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice provides 7 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin B6.
Thiamin is associated with the action of many enzyme systems, the conversion of food into energy and the production/repair of DNA. An 8-ounce glass of orange juice provides 18 percent of the Daily Value for thiamin.
Thanks to orangejuicefacts.com for the great nutritional information on Orange Juice!
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