Posts Tagged ‘health benefits’

Orange juice ‘improves brain function’

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

A small study, which saw 37 adults with an average age of 67 consume 500ml (just under a pint) of orange juice daily for eight weeks, found they had an 8% overall improvement in cognitive function compared with a group who consumed a control drink.

At the beginning and end of the eight weeks their memory, reaction time and verbal fluency was measured by carrying out eight tests.

One of the tests of verbal memory required learning a list of words to be recalled immediately, and again after a 30-minute delay.

Researchers said an 8 per cent improvement equates to remembering one more word from a shopping list of 15 items. Small improvements such as this over an eight-week period could translate into substantial improvements over the lifespan.

While the researchers are not recommending that people drink 500ml of orange juice every day, due to its high sugar content, they said their findings show that the constituents of orange juice could play an important role in providing brain-boosting nutrients as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Co-author Dr Daniel Lamport, of the University of Reading’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, said orange juice is a major source of a group of naturally occurring plant phytochemicals known as flavonoids, and is particularly rich in a subclass of flavonoids, known as flavanones.

Recent studies have shown that flavonoids may improve memory through the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is associated with learning and memory.

He said with a rapidly ageing population and estimations that the number of persons aged 60 or over could triple by 2100, it is “imperative” that simple, cost-effective ways to improve cognitive function in old age are explored.

“Small, easily administered changes to the daily diet, such as eating more flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables, have the potential to substantially benefit brain health,” he said.

“We know that people find it difficult to sustain big changes to their diet but simple alterations are much easier to maintain permanently.

“More research on the positive effects of flavonoids on cognition is still needed. However, this is an important discovery which strengthens the growing body of evidence that flavonoid-rich foodstuffs could play a big role in tackling cognition decline in old age.”

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Organic Lemon Water with Peel… Your Morning Ritual’s New Best Friend

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

It’s amazing how one small, simple change to your morning routine can boost the way you feel throughout your day.  Even better, this change can quickly result In a noticeable, positive and long-term impact on your overall health when repeated daily.

What’s the simple step we’re talking about?  Drinking organic lemon water with added peel. It’s the ultimate early morning no-brainer. While lemons are known for their cleansing and detoxifying properties (not to mention the proverbial vitamin C dose), there’s so much more to lemon water. Here’s a closer behind-the-scenes look into why this citrus powerhouse combined with water and peel yields so many healthy rewards:

1)   Digestion-Aiding From encouraging the liver to produce bile for digestion to loosening ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract, lemon juice makes it easier for the digestive system to do its job. The chemical composition of lemons is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. The digestive qualities of lemon juice are also known to relieve the symptoms of indigestion and all its accompanying unpleasantries.

2)   Detoxifying Lemon water in the morning helps flush those toxins out! Because lemons are a diuretic, unwanted toxins are released faster because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. This helps keep your urinary tract healthy! And don’t forget the citric acid in lemons, either. It helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.

3) Immunity-Boosting. We all know citrus is high in vitamin C and lemons are no exception. Vitamin C is great for fighting and reducing the longevity of colds, minimizing phlegm, and having anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Moreover, lemon peel is high in potassium, which helps maintain a healthy blood pressure and stimulate brain functions.

4) Body-Alkalizing. We think of lemons as acidic, and they are. But did you know once they’re ingested, they’re one of the most alkalizing foods out there? Because lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, the weak acids are easily metabolized, allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. In contrast, disease-conducive environments occur when pH levels in the body are acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help restore balance to the body’s pH.

5) Weight Loss-Promoting. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Combine that with the extremely low calorie count of lemon water and better digestion, and you’re heading in the right direction to shedding unwanted weight.

6) Bacteria-Fighting Experiments have found the juice of lemons destroys the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases. It can also kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne.

7) Cholesterol-Lowering. Compounds in citrus peels have the potential to lower cholesterol. A recent pilot study just showed that peel compounds called “polymethoxylated flavones” (PMFs), when combined with other citrus chemicals, significantly reduced total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

8) Breath-Freshening. This goes hand-in-hand with bacteria-fighting. Besides fresher breath, lemons have been known to help prevent gingivitis by fighting the bacteria that causes it. Lemon water in the morning makes for cleaner mouth to start your day without hurting your tooth enamel!

9) Energizing According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory, lemon is one of the few foods that carries a “negative” charge. Because of this, when it enters the digestive tract, it provides the body with more cell energy compared to most other foods. Also, the smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and clear your mind.

10) Cancer-Fighting Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds including naturally-occurring limonene, an oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals. Additionally, flavonol glycocides stop cell division in cancer cells.

The many health benefits of orange juice

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Orange juice is the excellent source of vitamin C and fulfills the entire day requirement of vitamin C in just one serving. It is tasty and delicious with full of medicinal as well as health benefits. Orange juice is known for many minerals such as magnesium, potassium, Vitamin B6, beta carotene, calcium, folic acid, and having low fats and no cholesterol.

Folic acid in orange juice is highly beneficial for brain development and spinal cord. In a recent study, it has been found that orange juice is good for weight loss. Orange juice has other important health advantages like cardiovascular problems, diabetes, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders. The juice boosts your immunity due to the presence of vitamin C. Orange juice has the highest nutrients value among all the citrus fruits.

What are some other health benefits of orange juice? Read on.

Prevents inflammation

The modern day faulty lifestyle along with paradox in dietary pattern leads to inflammatory reactions in the body, which causes lifestyle related disorders such as diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, asthma, depression, etc. Drinking of orange juice helps to minimize the impact of type II diabetes and atherosclerosis. The flavonoids like hesperidin, and naringenin are acting as anti-inflammatory products and good for arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.

Helps keep your BP in check

Orange juice is good in the management and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Orange juice contain a plant pigment called ‘hesperidin’ that is beneficial for overall the smooth functioning of  blood vessels thereby helps in balancing of blood pressure and good for cardiovascular diseases.  Drinking of orange juice decreases bad cholesterol or low density lipoprotein in the body. Bad cholesterol accounted for cardiovascular problems. The adequate amount of magnesium is good in normalizing blood pressure.

Radiant, glowing skin

Drinking orange juice is said to bring a radiant glow to your skin and provide other skin benefits as well. Drinking OJ will help to hydrate skin and keep it firm. Using this juice as a topical treatment does wonders for the skin as well. It cleans out and tightens clogged pores and is believed to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Orange juice is also a great natural remedy for treating sunburns.

Orange juice prevent birth defects

Birth defects like low birth weight and neural tube defects can be overcome by drinking orange. The pregnant mother is suggested to take half cup of orange juice daily to fulfill the deficiency of folate, which leads to many birth related problems.

Lowers risk of heart disease

An apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, but orange juice may be good at the job, too.

An antioxidant in orange juice called hesperidin improves blood vessel function and helps lower a person’s risk of heart disease, researchers report.

Hesperidin is a plant-based compound called a flavonoid. (Grapes, red wine, green and black teas, and chocolate also contain flavonoids.) A growing body of evidence suggests that flavonoids can improve the health of the delicate cells that line blood vessels. The way these cells work is referred to as “endothelial function.” Problems with these cells can lead to the development of clogged arteries, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

For the study, 24 healthy men at risk for cardiovascular disease each drank either 500 milliliters of orange juice each day, a “dummy” drink that contained the same calories as orange juice, or a dummy drink fortified with 292 milligrams of hesperidin. A 500 milliliter glass of orange juice naturally contains 292 milligrams of hesperidin. Over the course of the study, every man drank every beverage for one month straight.

The researchers found that when the men drank the daily orange juice or the hesperidin-fortified drink, they had better endothelial function and lower diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of a blood pressure reading) than when they drank the non-hesperidin beverage. In addition, gene expression profiles (as related to cardiovascular disease development) were improved.

Orange juice is a cancer fighter

In a recent scientific research, it has been found that orange juice contains a bio-chemical substance called ‘D-limonene’, which is effective in preventing of skin cancer, breast cancer, mouth cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. The adequate amount of vitamin C is also good in prevention of cancer.

Orange juice treats anemia

Orange juice is one of the best sources of vitamin C that helps in the absorption of iron into the blood stream. Anemia is a disease where there is a severe deficiency of iron. Regular intake of orange juice helps the patients in this regards.

Aids in strong teeth and bones

Calcium in oranges ensures strong teeth and bone. It is also supports to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Calcium in oranges also assists for a healthy muscle function. Carotenoids in oranges act as powerful antioxidants against harmful radicals that can damage cells. A daily glass of orange juice can help prevent the reappearance of kidney stones better than other citrus fruit juices such as lemonade.

Uncle Matt’s Juices: Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

With this decade’s worst cold and flu season in full swing, it’s good to know that Mother Nature provides natural ways to fight back. Adequate vitamin C intake is key to shortening the duration of sickness, and juices high in vitamin C will help get you there fast. In fact, the right 100% fruit juices should be an essential part of your diet when you have a cold to shorten its duration and get you back to full health.

And we’re happy to announce that Uncle Matt’s Organic orange and grapefruit juice make the list for “Best Cold-Fighting Juices.”  They are both excellent naturally-derived sources of vitamin C. And what’s more, all of Uncle Matt’s juices are U.S.A.-grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides.

One 8 oz. serving of orange juice provides 154% of the daily-recommended intake of vitamin C, while 8 ounces of grapefruit juice provides 134%. Both juices supply 1% of zinc, an essential mineral proven to boost immunity.

So besides stocking up on Uncle Matt’s orange and grapefruit juices during your next bout with the flu, consider this healthy fact: drinking plenty of cold liquids, like grapefruit and orange juice, can also help relieve a runny nose, according to Joanne Larsen, MS, RD, LD.

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