1. It may improve heart health
Heart disease is a serious problem that causes more than 17 million deaths worldwide each year.
Some studies show that drinking orange juice concentrate may reduce several risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol and help keep your heart healthy.
For example, a study of 129 people showed that long term consumption of orange juice reduced total and LDL cholesterol levels.
In addition, a review of 19 studies showed that drinking fruit juice was effective in reducing diastolic blood pressure (lowest number) in adults.
Orange juice has also been shown to increase HDL cholesterol levels in people with high levels which can improve heart health.
2. May reduce inflammation
Acute inflammation is a natural part of the immune response designed to protect against disease and infection.
However, maintaining high levels of inflammation over a long period of time is thought to lead to chronic disease.
Increased inflammation markers such as C reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin 6 have all been seen in conditions such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and some cancers.
Some studies show that orange juice can reduce inflammation and related problems.
One study found that orange juice has anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce levels of certain inflammatory markers associated with chronic disease.
Additionally, an 8 week study of 22 people found that drinking fresh, commercial orange juice reduced markers of inflammation such as C reactive protein and interleukin 6 which could potentially help prevent disease.
Effects and harms of orange juice
Although orange juice is associated with several health benefits, it is also high in calories and sugar.
Additionally, unlike whole fruits, it lacks fiber, which means it is less filling and can potentially lead to weight gain.
In fact, several studies have shown that regular consumption of juice can lead to weight gain over time.Many types of orange juice are also high in added sugar, which can raise blood sugar levels.
Several studies have shown that regular drinking of sugar sweetened beverages such as juice may be associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
Choosing fresh or 100% natural orange juice can help maximize health benefits while reducing the risk of side effects.You can also dilute orange juice with water to reduce calories and prevent weight gain.