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Drinking OJ With A High-fat Meal Can Help Decrease Inflammation, Heart Risk

April 5, 2010 by  

Drinking OJ with a high-fat meal can help decrease inflammation, heart risk Drinking orange juice during or following a fast-food-style meal may help neutralize the oxidative and inflammatory stress often generated by high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods, a new study has found.

Orange juice contains a large amount of flavonoids known as naringenin and hesperidin, which are two of the most powerful antioxidants. Researchers from the University of Buffalo found that these compounds help reduce the accumulation of oxygen-free radicals contained in fast-food meals that are known to increase inflammation in blood vessel lining and contribute to the risk of heart disease.

"This did not happen when participants drank water or a sugary drink with the meal," said lead author Husam Ghanim "These issues of inflammation following a meal are important because the resultant high glucose and high triglycerides are known to be related to the development of cardiovascular events."

In the study, the researchers had three groups of participants consume a 900-calorie breakfast high in carbohydrates and fats. They discovered that respondents who drank either water or a glucose beverage had 63 percent more oxygen-free radicals in their blood after eating the meal. In contrast, those who drank orange juice only experienced a 47 percent increase after consuming the breakfast.

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  • Victor L Barney

    How about while taking high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and prostrate medications? I know can not take grapefruit juice.

  • Terry F. Capes

    Also… what if you take anti-rejection drugs because you have had a double transplant. I also know about any kind of grapefruit product.
    I take an added Vit.D Supplement of 400mg per day and a multi-vitamin.
    I am on several blood pressure drugs.

  • s c

    Victor, if your MD relied on the old PSA test, you’d be doing yourself a favor to get the new test that has replaced the ‘old’ one (and is more accurate). The man who invented the old PSA test has rejected it because it renders too many false positives. There is NO excuse for your MD NOT knowing that. The trick is to find an MD who is CURRENT and is informed via REAL scientific literature.
    Terry, an MD who has years of practical experience will tell you that you need more Vitanin D (lots more). HBP medications will tend to deplete your body of certain nutrients. If you live in a large population center, I’d seek out an alternative MD.
    Oh, and if you find an orange juice that’s not loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners, let me know about it. Here’s to your good health, Victor and Terry.

  • Dillon Baroni

    Coconut oil is largely used as cooking oil also. The reason behind this is that it resists heat-induced damage and it is great for heart health. There are some more reasons also such as it keeps cholesterol level at normal position and also supports weight loss. Coconut oil is the best substitute of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil and margarine. In coconut oil you will find the most saturated fat than any other edible oil.

  • Genaro Renzelman

    and unfortunatley getting really angry, stressed, upset, scared; only starts ther roller caoster that compounds the issue


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