Orange Juice & your Immune System

Posted by in Health Tips, Nutrition

Influenza Winter 2014-15 has been ridiculous!

How are you planning to fend it off…or worse yet, recover from it if you get it?

Some common feel good home remedies include:

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Hot Tea
  • Rest
  • Orange Juice
  • Water
  • Call Mom
  • Vitamins
  • Echinacea

I sympathize with 7 of the 8 listed. OJ? YOU’RE FIRED

Sure OJ is a soothing fruit juice with vitamin C…but it also contains an insane amount of high Glycemic sugar.


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The Gylcemic Index is a rating of how quickly the carbohydrates you consume are converted into sugar and are kicked into the bloodstream. Elevated blood sugar actually suppresses the immune system, so OJ can actually have the reverse effect on fighting off the flu.

It takes 6-8 oranges to make a common 12 ounce glass of OJ. In the juicing process the following occurs:

  • Decreased Fiber
  • Decreased Vitamins
  • Increased Sugar
  • Increased Fructose (more fat producing than regular glucose/sugar)
  • Flash Pasteurization

Last Point: When Type II diabetics experience extreme low blood sugar (diabetic shock) a quick and commonly used remedy is, you guessed it…Orange Juice. It spikes the blood sugar so quickly that it’s nearly as effective as the glucose tablets EMT’s use!

Additional resource:

Healthier Options:

  • Whole Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Juicing Vegetables (not fruit!)
Fight Disease

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Drinking your produce (lots of vegetables with a hint of citrus fruit) give you tons of illness-fighting antioxidants without the heavy sugar content. At $8-10 per 16-oz bottle, the perception is that it’s super expensive. When you add up all the produce, prep time, juicing machine, accurate quantities, and clean up…it’s a darn good deal!

Be Well:)