Orange juice can rightly be said to be the most common and consumed juice in the world. For many people, the first association that comes to mind when they mention "a glass of fresh juice" is the freshness of orange juice.
Most of the advertisements of companies producing natural juices use the orange drink for commercials, although they produce a huge range of fruit juices.
But is orange juice safe when consumed in large quantities? It turns out that it is. The favorite drink of many of us has its pros and cons, as well as an optimal dosage.
The benefits of orange juice
Freshly squeezed orange juice contains an abundance of vitamins A and B. In not very large quantities it also contains B vitamins (B6, B2, B1), vitamin K and E, biotin, folic acid, as well as inositol, niacin and eleven essential amino acids.
Due to the large amounts of vitamin C, orange juice helps to boost the immunity, fights fatigue, strengthens blood vessels. The fresh orange drink is often recommended for hypertension and atherosclerosis.
Freshly squeezed orange juice suppresses inflammation in the body. The richness of antioxidants have excellent anti-inflammatory effects that stop oxidative stress caused by free radicals. The antioxidants in orange juice protect from dangerous diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
Orange juice is recommended for consumption by people suffering from diseases of the joints, liver, lungs, skin and helps with anemia.
A very valuable feature of fresh orange juice is its ability to protect against kidney stones. This is due to the citric acid contained in it, which prevents the formation of kidney stones, which disrupt kidney function and impede the natural drainage of organs.
Vitamin C in orange juice is a real elixir for healthy and beautiful skin. It stimulates collagen synthesis and protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Drink more orange juice during the hot summer months, when the skin is more susceptible to the harmful effects of sunlight.
Harm from orange juice
Orange juice is NOT a healthy drink for people with high acidity of gastric juice, for those who suffer from gastritis or ulcers of the stomach and duodenum.
The energising drink is not recommended for almost all intestinal diseases. Make sure you do not have such problems before picking this juice again.
If you suffer from any of these diseases, but you really love orange juice, experts advise to dilute it with water.
Orange juice, like all other fruit juices, has one important drawback. The fact that it contains a lot of fruit sugar. Therefore, consumed in larger quantities, orange juice can easily become a cause of obesity or type II diabetes - of course, in combination with everything else that we eat and drink (healthy or not).
It should be noted that with regard to the risk of diabetes or obesity, orange juice is proving to be risky. Compared to apple juice, orange juice is twice as "insidious".
Orange juice is recommended in many diets for weight loss, but it is the fruit sugar in its composition, which can make it difficult to lose weight. Drinking juice, we do not realize how we absorb large amounts of calories in liquid form and this is a serious risk to our bodies. So instead of losing weight, we can even start gaining weight.
According to some nutritionists, orange juice can be much more dangerous than we thought. It may contain dangerous bacteria that cause stomach infections and ailments. A similar effect occurs with improper storage of fruit and storage of juice in metal containers with poor hygiene.
If you decide to buy orange juice, always consider the place where you but it from. If you prepare it at home, make sure you clean the citrus press or juicer well.
Experts remind that the allowed healthy amount of orange juice that a person should consume within a week is from three to six glasses (150-200 ml). This applies to completely healthy people who do not have stomach complaints. Even if you do not have any of the above conditions, you should not drink too much of this citrus juice. As with all healthy foods, the rule is not to go overboard with its consumption.
Avoid drinking orange juice on an empty stomach, as it further irritates the mucous membranes. Many of us combine it with our morning cup of coffee, which is even more harmful to the stomach, as caffeine also irritates the stomach. It is best to have your cup of coffee at least 30 minutes before or after drinking fresh orange juice. Try to have breakfast beforehand to get the most out of the fresh juice without putting your health at unnecessary risk.
With orange juice, we recommend that you prepare a delicious orange cake.