Is Tropicana Orange Juice Good for the Heart?

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Tropicana, founded in 1947 by Italian immigrant Anthony Rossi, is the largest producer of chilled orange juice in the world. Owned by PepsiCo, Inc. since 1998, Tropicana orange juice is sold in 27 countries around the world. Tropicana, like all orange juice, is packed with vitamins and heart-healthy antioxidants and other nutrients. Apples get all the credit for helping you avoid doctors, but oranges can hold their own as far as health benefits are concerned.

Heart Facts

Your heart is a muscle, and basically a pump. It is made up of four chambers that fill with blood, and it is protected by your rib cage and the muscles of your diaphragm. Because your heart is a muscle, it can be weakened just as your other muscles can. Not getting enough exercise, being overweight, eating too much salt and saturated fats, smoking and overuse of alcohol can all weaken your heart. Tropicana orange juice is not a miracle elixir, but in conjunction with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, it can help support your heart health.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the superhero of antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that can damage your RNA and DNA. Free radicals are largely a by-product of environmental toxins, and they have been linked to the complications of aging as well as certain cancers. The USDA recommends that adults take in between 75 mg of vitamin C for women to 125 mg per day for male smokers. One 8-oz. glass of Tropicana orange juice offers 124 mg of vitamin C.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is known best for its role in helping to prevent birth defects, but pregnant women and developing fetuses are not the only ones who require it. Folic acid, according to the Harvard School of Public health, may help prevent or reduce the severity of chronic heart disease. However, contradictory studies exist linking folic acid intake and heart disease, and more studies are needed. The RDA allowance of folic acid for adults is 400 mcg per day. A 6-oz. glass of orange juice contains about 55 mcg of folic acid.

Potassium

Potassium can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a report from University of Utah Health Care regarding a study published in the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology” online in March 1, 2011. Potassium helps regulate your blood pressure, which is essential to heart health. The RDA for potassium is 2,000 mg per day. One 8-oz. glass of Tropicana orange juice contains approximately 235 mg of potassium.

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