Orange juice is the liquid extract of the fruit of the orange tree, produced by squeezing oranges. It comes in several different varieties, including blood orange, navel oranges, valencia orange, clementine, and tangerine. As well as variations in oranges used, some varieties include differing amounts of juice vesicles, known as “pulp” in American English, and “juicy bits” in British English. These vesicles contain the juice of the orange and can be left in or removed during the manufacturing process. How juicy these vesicles are depend upon many factors, such as species, variety, and season. In American English, the beverage name is often abbreviated as “OJ”.
Benefits of Orange Juice Despite of Its Superb Taste
Source of vitamin C
You may be familiar with the benefits of vitamin C to ward off a cold, but vitamin C is much more important than just that. Vitamin C is best absorbed by the body through food and beverage form, as it cannot be synthesized by the human body. Two glasses of orange juice a day can increase vitamin C concentration within your body by 40 to 64 percent.
Vitamin C is beneficial as it helps fight off free radicals that can contribute to early aging and helps the absorption of other essential nutrients as well, including iron and calcium.
Immune system boost
To continue our discussion of vitamin C, orange juice and its nutritional content help boost the immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps provide the immune system with a much needed boost, all the while fighting off free radicals that can damage the immune system lowering its ability to tackle the illness.
Source of fiber
When you think of fiber, you probably think of grains, but believe it or not orange juice comes with a high fiber content, which is useful for bowel regularity and cholesterol levels.
One large orange contains 18 percent of your daily recommended fiber intake.
Prevention of kidney stones
Kidney stones are well known for being a highly painful condition, so if you want to ward them off, it’s best that you get sipping on some orange juice. Orange juice contains citric acid and citrates, which are believed to help reduce the risk of kidney stones. Furthermore, potassium citrate is often prescribed to kidney stone patients as treatment and the citrates found in oranges have been found to have similar effects.
Improved blood circulation
Our muscles, organs, and basically everything in our bodies require a blood supply in order to function properly. But if blood isn’t circulating, then our internal parts can’t receive the nourishment they need.
Oranges have a high folate count, which is necessary for the creation of DNA and new cell growth. Folate also protects cells from damage and mutation and wards off free radicals.
Folate is also necessary in the formation of new red blood cells, along with stimulating blood flow to extremities. So if you have cold hands and feet, consuming more orange juice may be a simple fix.
So now, what are you waiting anymore? Lets take a cup of orange juice for your health.
How to Make the Best Fresh Orange Juice
How to make the BEST fresh orange juice. There is nothing as satisfying as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. It may take a couple minutes longer than you expect. However the taste is worth the effort and the wait. Try it out: Make some and see if you want to go back to drinking bottled juice again! This is the best Hot Chocolate recipe in Wikihow.
Special Recipes of Fresh Orange Juice :
- Soften the orange. Tightly squeeze or roll the oranges firmly with the palm of your hand across the counter or table to soften them up.
- Cut the orange. Slice the orange in half and remove the seeds. If you want to go seedless, use navel oranges.
- Juice the orange. Grip the one of the orange halves tightly and squeeze it by hand, using a plain juicer to coax all the juice out.
- Add pulp. Scrape the orange with a spoon and add the pulp directly to the juice if you use a hand juicer. If you prefer clear juice, pour the juice through a strainer before drinking.Add some pinch of black salt or sugar for more flavor. Some oranges are already sweet.
- Drink up! Enjoy a crisp, cold glass of freshly squeezed, unpasteurized orange juice, the way it was intended to be!