The Polly Hale Newsletter Dec.2004: Fortify your Immune System with Hale Citrus
Throughout the year flu bugs and cold germs seem to constantly make the rounds throughout offices and schools. Strengthening your defenses with Hale super premium citrus juices will give you and your family the Vitamin C you need to discourage the flu and common cold, helping to keep you strong and healthy.
Vitamin C boosts your immunity by:
- Increasing the production of disease fighting white blood cells.
- Raising levels of interferon, a natural disease fighter in your body’s immune system.
- Pumping up antibody levels and strengthening the way antibodies fight germs.
The immune stimulating effects of VItamin C lead to improved resistance against cold infections and may reduce the duration of colds. What’s more, Vitamin C can reduce the severity of symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing and sniffling. How much improvement can your expect? A recent study reported in the Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases showed that Vitamin C reduced the severity of symptoms by an average of 23 percent. The study also revealed that Vitamin C works as an antihistamine to decrease swelling and nasal secretions.
The Value of oranges and their juices:
Orange and orange juice consumption appears to out perform Vitamin C supplements when it comes to fighting colds.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports in a study involving the effects of orange juice and a placebo in the prevention of the common cold. Volunteers between the ages of 17 to 25 years were studied for 72 days. Some consumed orange juice while others were given a placebo. Among the juice drinkers there were fewer colds, plus a reduction in cold symtpoms. Yet another study shows that drinking orange juice may be more beneficial than taking Vitamin C supplements. The researchers theorize that the combination of vitamins and biflavenoids in orange juice may be more effective than VItamin C taken alone as a supplement.
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