HEART HEALTH IS A JUICE BEST SERVED COLD

The orig­i­nal juice is back on the ta­ble. Ice it in the freezer to con­cen­trate its nu­tri­tional pay­load

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

It’s high time that juic­ing made a come­back. We’re not, of course, talk­ing about the hy­po­der­mic kind – we mean your morn­ing OJ. Be­fore health cam­paign­ers called out its high su­gar con­tent, it was al­most un­think­able to start your day with­out a thirst- quench­ing hit of vi­ta­min C. Now, a study by the Univer­sity of Seville in Spain has dis­cov­ered that, with a sim­ple kitchen hack, you can re­store good, old-fash­ioned or­ange juice to its right­ful place on your break­fast ta­ble. The health and well­ness zeit­geist is cycli­cal, af­ter all.

The Span­ish sci­en­tists found that freez­ing the juice be­fore thaw­ing it out again in­creases the bioac­ces­si­bil­ity of com­pounds called carotenoids, mak­ing them more eas­ily ab­sorbed into your blood stream through your in­testi­nal wall. Ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion, these pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dants help to pre­vent the break­down of mus­cle and re­duce ox­ida­tive stress, which has been linked to a height­ened risk of can­cer. Per­haps most im­por­tantly, how­ever, carotenoids also have a pro­tec­tive ef­fect against heart dis­ease, which is re­spon­si­ble for more than 160,000 deaths per year in the UK alone.

So, buy­ing or­ange juice in bulk and keep­ing a ready sup­ply in the freezer is the most con­ve­nient way to put its nu­tri­ents to bet­ter use. As for those scare sto­ries about the juice’s high su­gar con­tent, you can off­set the neg­a­tives with our high-fi­bre break­fast he­roes ( right). Squeeze more from your morn­ing.

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