Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States and worldwide. Help support your heart health by including citrus fruit and juice as part of your lifelong healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Citrus fruit and juice have a number of qualities that qualify them as heart healthy – citrus is free of saturated and trans fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
- Citrus also delivers nutrients that have been associated with heart health indicators including vitamin C, folate, and potassium, as well as the phytonutrients hesperidin, found in oranges, and naringin from grapefruit.
- Research reports that orange juice consumption has been associated with favorable effects on serum cholesterol,1,2 blood pressure and blood vessel function,3 as well as inflammatory and oxidative stress markers that may contribute to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease.4-6 Some of these benefits are believed to be at least partially attributable to the flavonoid hesperidin, found in oranges and orange juice.3
- Consumption of grapefruit or grapefruit juice has been associated with positive effects on heart health indicators such as HDL cholesterol7 as well as total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.8
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