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Vitamin C: Going Beyond the Orange Juice

Published on Mar 25, 2014 in Facts

When people hear  ‘Vitamin C,’ they often think of oranges, orange juice, or the knowledge that if one is deficient they are likely to catch a cold.

As important as the intake of Vitamin C is for a healthy lifestyle, Vitamin C has more application possibilities than internal consumption. There are so many health benefits that comes from an orange. So start your day off right with a tall glass of orange juice!

Health Benefits Of Collagen

Orange Juice Filled with Vitamin C

Glass of Orange Juice

Facial skin relies on the protein collagen, which helps secure firmness and wrinkle-free skin. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells.  Collagen helps protect our skin by filtering out environmental toxins and other pathogens.  Vitamin C provides aid in the natural production of collagen, and it also helps prevent sun damage (a common cause for facial ailments).

This data is available anywhere you decide to search ‘Vitamin C.’ Anybody can tell you why Vitamin C derivatives are healthy for your skin. Even Doctor Oz raves about the effectiveness of this facial care product. The vital question that is often overlooked is: why? How does Vitamin C help produce more collagen, prevent sun damage, and help fight the war against aging?

It’s time to answer these questions. Let’s get our feet wet in a shallow pool of scientific research. Free radicals are molecules which are unstable and bully your facial appearance by being responsible for dry skin, damaged collagen and wrinkles. Vitamin C helps fight these free radicals. By fighting the free radicals, you are reducing the imbalance and ultimately helping fight off the bullying free radicals that are causing blemishes to your beautiful face.

Without an adequate amount of Vitamin C the body wont be able to form or store collagen. This is why Vitamin C is an extremely important vitamin. It can help your body synthesize collagen which leads to healthy nails, hair, skin and more.

Oranges For Phytochemicals Benefits Explained

You might be wondering what even is a phytochemical and that is a great question. Plants produce phytochemicals naturally in order to protect themselves against environmental threats. They are described as non- essential nutrients as they are not required to sustain life. However, phytochemicals are extremely beneficial to your health. Phytochemicals can protect us from a variety of diseases,

Citrus sinensis, the scientific name for this juicy fruit, contains plenty of photochemicals such as carotenoids, isohesperidin, terpeniol, naringin, limonin, flavonoids, hesperidin, and limonene. Of course the most prominent of which we’ve already mentioned earlier on, that is Vitamin C.

Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids as well. It has been proven that citrus limonids help fight a variety of disease including skin cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer.

Oranges Can Prevent Kidney Disease

Among the many other powers of this magical, Floridian fruit is the ability to prevent kidney diseases. Drinking orange juice on a regular basis not only prevents kidney disease, but it can reduce the risk of kidney stones as well. Kidney stones develop when minerals and other chemicals in the urine become too concentrated. Over time, these crystals bind to form a stone.

Studies have shown that potassium citrate can slow down the formation of kidney stones. Citrate helps prevent kidney stone formation by allowing for more citrate in the urine and decreasing the acidity of urine. Orange juice is an example of a natural form of citrate. So grab a glass and pour yourself a cup.

Make sure, however, to only drink it in moderate amounts. The high sugar content of any fruit juice can sometimes have serious negative repercussions, causing things like tooth decay.

Oranges Can Lower Cholesterol

An orange

Oranges Taste Good Too!

Think about it: lowering your cholesterol by simply drinking that sweet tasty glass of pure orange juice! It’s the best kind of natural medicine. A study was done that even showed that compounds found in citrus fruit peels called polymethoxylated flavones have the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs. Because oranges are high in calcium they not only reduce inflammation in the body in general, but they can also help to prevent the kind of cholesterol that clogs your arteries.

The Pith of the orange is full of soluble fiber and is very helpful in lowering cholesterol, so as it turns out, it’s actually a lot healthier to eat the entire orange whole rather than just drinking the juice. Every bit of this staple citrus can contribute to great health. An OJ a day keeps cholesterol at bay.

The flavonoid hesperidin and magnesium contained in the oranges regulate and maintain the blood pressure as well.

Oranges can even help with heart diseases. A study was done that showed people who eat one citrus fruit a day reduced their risk of a stroke by 19%. Adding orange juice to your diet could do your heart and body a lot of good.

Oranges Are Rich In Potassium

Bananas aren’t the only fruits with a monopoly on potassium richness, but oranges are as well. Potassium is an electrolyte mineral which directly contributes to the smooth function of the heart and the brain. Potassium is a key nutrient that is used to maintain electrolyte and fluid balance in the body. It also plays a crucial role in keeping the body hydrated.

A high potassium intake reduces the risk of overall mortality by 20 percent.  If your potassium levels get too low for whatever reason, you could be at risk of developing an arrhythmia. A healthy diet of oranges is a great way to keep those steady levels, keeping the heart healthy and on beat.

Besides for Potassium, oranges are loaded with pectin, antioxidants water, fructose sugar and fiber (17% of the amount your body needs per day in just one orange). The Pectin is found in the pulp of the orange so make sure your eating some of that pith.

Oranges Can Boost Immunity

Kid eating an orange

An amazing and delicious snack!

A single orange contains 116.2% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. What a great thing to add to your daily diet, especially when you get sick. Vitamin C helps keep the immune system healthy, allowing it to fight off colds and other infections. The Vitamin C found in oranges help encourage the production of white blood cells know as lymphocytes and phagocytes, which help protect the body from infections.

Vitamin C keeps your skin healthy, so that it can maintain a strong barrier that stops different pathogens from entering your body. It can even help wounds heal faster. That’s right, simply eating an orange can help your cut from a few days ago heal. Maybe even an orange a day keeps the doctor away!

Conclusion

Ultimately, Vitamin C does not directly promote skin health, rather it improves conditions by getting rid of the problem. This makes for an extremely effective holistic approach – instead of covering up the problem, it provides a solution.

You may not be able to have stopped the free-radical damage up to this point, but with Vitamin C, you can help reverse the destructive process and restore the baby smooth skin you once wielded. Make sure that the Vitamin C you are using is both potent and fresh, as Vitamin C serums (depending on which active ingredient takes the helm) can quickly oxidize and lose its therapeutic value.

Continue sipping on your orange juice as you read about Dark Chocolate Health Benefits while you’re here at Maple Holistic!