Technically, any liquid intended for drinking is a beverage so named by a word derived from French and Latin verbs meaning ‘to drink.’ Healthy beverages are beverages with health benefits that attribute by its nutritional value. The use of healthy beverage for promoting health and relieving symptom is as old as the practice of medicine.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Health benefits of fruit juices

Fruit juices have an important role to play as part of a healthy diet. One glass of fruit juice is an important source of fluids and can provide vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants. Although composition of fruit juices is different from that of the edible portion of fruits, they contain polyphenols and vitamins from fruits and vegetables.

Carotenoids and flavanones are bioavailable in 100% fruit juice. Bioavailability is the degree to which food nutrients are available for absorption and utilization in the body.

The studies showed that fruit juices affect cardiovascular risk factors, such as lowering blood pressure and improving blood lipid profiles. The main mechanisms of action included antioxidant effects, improvement of the aspects of the cardiovascular system, inhibition of platelet aggregation, anti-inflammatory effects, and prevention of hyperhomocysteinemia.

Drinking juices might be a potential way to improve cardiovascular health, especially mixtures of juices because they contain a variety of polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals from different fruits and vegetables.

Research in recent years has identified ways that beverages such as pomegranate, orange and cranberry juices can help to prevent or cure diseases. Long-term orange juice consumption is associated with low LDL-cholesterol and apolipoprotein B in normal and moderately hypercholesterolemic subjects. 100% fruit juice, especially 100% orange juice, is a valuable source of nutrients and bioactives such as carotenoids and flavanones.

Pomegranate juice has received a great deal of attention in recent years for its reported benefits. It is a rich source of antioxidants and has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol – the bad, artery clogging portion of one's cholesterol.
Health benefits of fruit juices

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