Drinking at least two glasses of orange juice a day increases the concentration of vitamin C in the body by 40-64%. Vitamin C is a vitamin that essentially cannot be synthesized by the human body, but is an important antioxidant, a substance that protects the body from the harmful effects of free radicals and molecules that can cause tissue damage.
Glucose and fatty food intake in the body causes the development of inflammatory reactions in the body. Inflammatory reactions can lead to development of increased insulin resistance, diabetes and atherosclerosis, hardening of the walls of blood vessels due to deposition of fat. Intake of orange juice, along with high carbohydrate and fatty foods, prevents inflammation in the body, making orange juice a good preventive measure against the development of insulin resistance and arteriosclerosis.
Regular consumption of orange juice can improve diastolic blood pressure. According to one study, orange juice contains hesperidin, healthy water soluble plant pigment. Hesperidin serves to enhance the activity of the small blood vessels, blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Regular consumption of orange juice can lead to a reduction in the level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients with high blood cholesterol levels. However, the mechanism that the level of cholesterol in the blood improves with orange juice is still unclear. Further studies and clinical trials are necessary to further establish this fact.