Fruit and fruit juice as a shield against the flu

17th, 2013
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In these days when the cold winter conditions negatively affect our health, we should strengthen our immune systems in order to prevent the flu.
Highlighting the importance of a healthy diet, health experts suggest consuming fruit and fruit juice every day as they double up as a shield to prevent colds and flu.
In a press release Fruit Juice Industry Association (MEYED) Secretary-General Ebru Akdağ recalled that the World Health Organization (WHO) has encouraged the consumption of at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. Akdağ noted that one cup of fresh juice is considered one portion of fruit and added that the mixed juice offers different flavors to consumers.
Akdağ listed the benefits of some fruit juices as follows:
Orange juice: The consumption of foods and beverages rich in vitamin C is very important for reducing the feeling of exhaustion. Orange juice supports the immune system against colds and the flu, is invigorating and prevents fatigue. Moreover, orange juice is also a very good source of calcium and potassium.
Pomegranate juice: Pomegranate, which is rich in vitamins and minerals, is one of the most popular fruits in winter. Pomegranate also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamins B6, B9 and C and potassium. Antioxidant vitamins and minerals in pomegranates help strengthen the body’s immune system. Recent studies show that consuming pomegranate or pomegranate juice every day also helps prevent certain types of cancer. It is also claimed that pomegranate lowers the risk of cancer, especially prostate, colon and breast, prevents infection, inhibits the development of cancer and improves cell regeneration.
Apple juice: Apple, which is a great source of vitamins B and E as well as potassium, helps support the immune system against colds and flu and minimizes the feeling of exhaustion.
Cherry juice: Cherry juice increases resistance to inflammatory diseases. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, cherry juice, which contains vitamin A and potassium, also helps to reduce the acidity in blood and to cleanse the blood. According to a study, cherry juice helps to reduce pain and infection. Cherries are also known to be a good source of melatonin, a potent antioxidant produced naturally by the body’s pineal gland that helps regulate biorhythms and natural sleep patterns.
Apricot juice: Apricot, which contains vitamins A, E and B3, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, supports the immune system and helps to increase blood levels. Eight or 10 apricots or 30 grams of dried apricots are enough to meet the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A of an adult. A cup of apricot juice, which contains 2.200 mg betacarotene, provides 48 percent of the RDA of vitamin A for children aged between 4 and 8, 32 percent of the RDA of vitamin A for children aged between 9 and 13 years, and 21 percent of the RDA of vitamin A for individuals of 14 years or older.
Resource: Today’s Zaman

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