orange and heart health

Oranges : Your Heart’s Best Friend

orange and heart health

A 2009 study revealed that a diet high in fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of

heart failure by 37%. Oranges should be part of this diet.

Oranges are rich in the soluble fibre pectin that acts like a giant sponge, sopping up cholesterol in food and reducing its absorption in the body. The potassium in oranges helps counterbalance salt helping to keep a healthy blood pressure.

Recent research shows that citrus pectin, also contained in oranges, helps neutralize a protein called galectin-3 that causes scarring of heart tissue, and can lead to congestive heart failure.

Pectin is contained in the pulp and pith. You’ll get more of it in fresh juices with pulp. Or better yet, eat your oranges.

Source: Prevention, Feb-2012