Citrus Health Benefits – Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com Organic Juices and Beverages | Love at First Sip Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:42:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 http://www.unclematts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-umo-logo-on-wood-e1511126022201-32x32.png Citrus Health Benefits – Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com 32 32 Starting Your Day With Orange Juice May Be Really Good For You, According To Science http://www.unclematts.com/starting-your-day-with-orange-juice-may-be-really-good-for-you-according-to-science-study/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:26:48 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3220 more]]> Drinking orange juice could help improve brain function in elderly people, according to new research from the University of Reading.

The study saw a group of 37 healthy adults (mean age 67 years) consuming 500ml (just under a pint) of orange juice, daily over an eight week period. At the beginning and end of the eight weeks their memory, reaction time and verbal fluency was measured. These were then combined into one overall score known as ‘global cognitive function’.

The adults showed an 8% overall improvement in global cognitive function after orange juice consumption compared to a control drink (matched for taste and calories) given during a different eight week period. Although subtle, these improvements are significant.

One of the tests of verbal memory required learning a list of words which are then recalled immediately and after a 30 minute delay. An 8% improvement equates to remembering one more word from a shopping list of 15 items. Small improvements such as this over an eight week period could translate into substantial improvements over the lifespan.

While the researchers are not recommending that people drink 500ml of orange juice every day, they believe these findings show that the constituents of orange juice could play an important role in providing brain-boosting nutrients as part of a healthy, balanced diet. They also wish to reinforce the importance of being aware of the nutritional content of fresh fruit juice drinks, relative to daily recommended intake of sugar.

Dr Daniel Lamport, from the University’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences and co-author of the study, said: “The population is ageing rapidly across the world. Estimates suggest that the number of persons aged 60 or over could triple by 2100. It’s therefore imperative that we explore simple, cost-effective ways to improve cognitive function in old age.”

Orange juice is a major source of a group of naturally occurring plant phytochemicals known as flavonoids, being particularly rich in a sub-class of flavonoids, known as flavanones. Recent studies from the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy have shown that flavonoids may improve memory through the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is associated with learning and memory.

This study is thought to be one of the first to show that regularly consuming orange juice flavanones could have a positive effect on older people’s cognition.

Dr Lamport continued: “Small, easily administered changes to the daily diet, such as eating more flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables, have the potential to substantially benefit brain health. We know that people find it difficult to sustain big changes to their diet but simple alterations are much easier to maintain permanently.

“More research on the positive effects of flavonoids on cognition is still needed. However, this is an important discovery which strengthens the growing body of evidence that flavonoid rich foodstuffs could play a big role in tackling cognition decline in old age.”

Previous Reading research has shown that other flavonoid rich foods such as blueberries are beneficial for cognition. Research is still ongoing to determine the exact mechanisms by which flavonoids may exert benefits to the brain. Several mechanisms have been proposed such as improved blood flow in the brain and protecting neurons against oxidative damage and increasing the efficiency with which neurons transmit signals.

Chronic consumption of flavanone-rich orange juice is associated with cognitive benefits: an 8-wk, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in healthy older adults 1-3 was published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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New study shows vitamin C in orange juice cuts risk of hip fractures http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-cuts-risk-of-hip-fractures/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:04:01 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3207 more]]> In order to have stronger, healthier bones, all you need to do is to drink orange juice daily. According to a report by The Daily Mail, a new study suggests that increasing your intake of vitamin C can reduce the risk of hip fractures.

Researchers from Zhengzhou University in China carried out a meta-analysis to assess the association of dietary consumption of vitamin C and the risk of hip fracture. In the study, they analyzed data from a total of six previous studies on vitamin C and fracture risk, with more than 10,000 study participants in all. For this study, they observed the vitamin C intake of 2,899 patients with hip fracture. Then, they compared the results with 7,908 healthy volunteers of a similar age. The meta-analysis on vitamin C and its effect on bones revealed that vitamin C consumption, whether by eating foods rich in vitamin C or drinking their juice, make bones stronger and prevents fractures.

The findings of the study revealed that the risk of a hip fracture can be reduced by five percent for every 50 milligrams intake of vitamin C per day, which is equal to nearly one medium-sized orange or one-fourth of a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. This means that one eight-ounce glass of orange juice could possibly lower the risk by 20 percent, while two glasses could reduce the risk by 40 percent. The researchers concluded that increasing the amount of vitamin C in your diet can reduce the risk of hip fracture. To strengthen bones, vitamin C works by triggering cells known as osteoblasts to become mature bone cells.

“Our results strongly support the idea that increasing dietary vitamin C can decrease the risk of hip fracture,” the researchers wrote.

The study was published in the journal Osteoporosis International.

 

Vitamin C and its functions

Vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in every part of the body. It is used to form a key protein that makes skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It is also used to heal wounds and form scar tissue, repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth, and help in the absorption of iron. The recommended vitamin C intake for male adults is 90 milligrams per day, while female adults need 75 milligrams of vitamin C a day. Aside from orange and orange juice, other citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato juice, and potatoes are major sources of vitamin C to the American diet.

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New study suggests grapefruit juice may help control weight gain http://www.unclematts.com/new-study-suggests-grapefruit-juice-may-help-control-weight-gain/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:10:57 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3175 more]]> Researchers found mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank grapefruit juice

BARTOW, Fla. – As the Florida Grapefruit season ramps up, there may be yet another reason to add the fruit to your grocery list.

A new study, yet to be replicated in humans, suggests drinking a glass of 100% grapefruit juice may help control weight gain and lower blood sugar levels.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank grapefruit juice compared to mice that drank water. The grapefruit juice-drinking mice also had a 13 to 17 percent decrease in blood sugar levels and increased insulin sensitivity.

While the findings are positive, researchers want to further study the exact cause behind them.

Previous research identified naringin, a bioactive compound in grapefruit juice, as a key agent in weight loss. However, a group of mice who received naringin had lower blood sugar levels than the control group but had no difference in weight, suggesting another component of grapefruit juice is also beneficial.

And drinking a glass of grapefruit juice may be as beneficial as taking blood sugar-lowering drugs often prescribed for those with type 2 diabetes, the study shows.

“The grapefruit juice lowered blood glucose to the same degree as metformin,” said Joseph Napoli, one of the UC Berkeley researchers who conducted the study, in a University press release. “That means a natural fruit drink lowered glucose levels as effectively as a prescription drug.”

Released on Oct. 8, the study was funded by the California Grapefruit Growers Cooperative. Researchers emphasized the organization had no control or influence over the study or its findings.

The study used slightly sweetened pulp-free grapefruit juice diluted with water. The researchers also added artificial sweeteners to the control group’s water so it would match the calorie content and sweetness of the grapefruit juice.

The mice were fed either a high-fat or low-fat diet for 100 days and their metabolic health was monitored throughout.

The study did not find as big an impact on mice that ate a low-fat diet, though those that drank grapefruit juice had increased insulin sensitivity. Low insulin sensitivity is associated with type 2 diabetes.

“While we’ve long known grapefruit can be part of a healthy diet, the positive findings of this study are encouraging,” said Doug Ackerman, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “We look forward to seeing the results of further research on the health benefits of grapefruit involving human subjects.”

Fresh Florida Grapefruit season typically begins in October and runs through June.

Source: Florida Dept of Citrus

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Antioxidant activity of citrus juices higher than previously indicated http://www.unclematts.com/antioxidant-activity-of-citrus-juices-higher-than-previously-indicated/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:38:49 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2868 more]]> Orange juice and juices from other citrus fruits are considered healthy due to their high content of antioxidants, which help to reduce harmful free radicals in our body, but a new investigation shows that their benefits are greater than previously thought.

José Ángel Rufián Henares, professor at the University of Granada, and his team, have developed a technique called ‘global antioxidant response’ (GAR), which includes an in vitro simulation of the gastrointestinal digestion that occurs in our body, whilst taking into account the ‘forgotten’ antioxidant capacity of the solid fraction.

Upon applying the technique to commercial and natural orange, mandarin, lemon and grapefruit juices, it has been proved that their values greatly increase. For example, in the case of orange juice, the value ranges from 2.3 mmol Trolox/L (units for the antioxidant capacity) registered with a traditional technique to 23 mmol Trolox/L with the new GAR method.

“The antioxidant activity is, on average, ten times higher than that which everyone thought up until now, and not just in juices, but also in any other kind of food analysed with this methodology,” highlights Rufián Henares, who notes its possible application: “This technique and the results derived from it could allow dieticians and health authorities to better establish the values of the antioxidant capacity of foods.”

With the help of this method, scientists have also created a mathematical model in order to classify juices according to their natural and storage conditions, which ensures that the correct raw materials and sterilisation and pasteurisation processes are used.

Source: medicalxpress.com

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Fruit juice is not linked to obesity, says study http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-and-obesity/ http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-and-obesity/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:28:44 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2396 more]]> Findings of the meta-analysis support that 100 percent fruit juice consumption by children is not likely linked to obesity.

BARTOW – A new study provides evidence that consumption of 100 percent fruit juice, such as 100% orange juice, was not associated with weight gain in children over the age of 6 and is not expected to have an appreciable effect on weight gain in those under 6, according to a meta-analysis published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

In a commentary accompanying the study, the authors pointed out that past research shows that fruit juice is part of a high-quality diet, counts as a fruit serving, is convenient, and has a longer shelf life compared to whole fruit. They note that the findings of the meta-analysis support that 100 percent fruit juice consumption by children is not likely linked to obesity. While there are gaps in the literature, they conclude that there is no strong evidence that 100 percent fruit juice should be banned for all children, or in programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Published in March, the study evaluated research related to the consumption of 100 percent fruit juice and changes in body mass index (BMI) among children ages 1 to 18 years. The meta-analysis comprised eight published studies that included over 34,000 individual children and looked at BMI or the BMI z-score, which indicates how weight changes with height over time and whether the changes are out of proportion with each other.

The study showed that for children age 6 and younger, a small amount of weight gain was observed but the amount was not considered to be clinically significant, meaning that the amount would likely not have any practical, genuine, or noticeable effect. The researchers reasoned that children age 2 and younger may be more susceptible to weight gain from 100 percent juice because it represents a larger proportion of their total daily calorie intake compared to older children. The authors also noted that the primary juice consumed by younger children is apple juice, whereas orange juice is favored by older children and has a lower glycemic load than apple juice. Although more research is needed for children age 6 and under, the AAP’s fruit juice intake guideline limits (4 to 6 ounces for children age 1 through 6 and 8 to 12 ounces for older children) are “prudent and should be followed.”

“The banning of fruit juice or failure to allow it in government food programs outside the first year of life is not consistent with the available evidence,” the authors wrote in their commentary.

References

Auerbach BJ, Wolf FM, Hikida A, Vallila-Buchman P, Littman A, Thompson D, Louden D, Taber DR, Krieger J. Fruit juice and change in BMI: A meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2017;139(4);e20162454. Published online March 23, 2017.

Abrams SA, Daniels SR. Fruit juice and child health. Pediatrics. 2017;139(4);e20170041. Published online March 23, 2017.

 

Source: Florida Department of Citrus

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High blood pressure? Try a glass of orange juice! http://www.unclematts.com/high-blood-pressure-try-a-glass-of-orange-juice/ http://www.unclematts.com/high-blood-pressure-try-a-glass-of-orange-juice/#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:36:43 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2347 more]]> Good news for orange lovers: citrus fruit intake has been associated with reduced stroke risk.

The key may lie with a citrus phytonutrient called hesperidin, which appears to increase blood flow throughout the body, including the brain.

Using a machine known as a doppler fluximeter, scientists can measure blood flow through the skin using a laser beam.

If we hook people up to this machine and give them a solution containing the amount of hesperidin found in two cups of orange juice, blood pressure decreases and overall blood flow increases.

Good news for orange lovers: citrus fruit intake has been associated with reduced stroke risk.

When subjects drank straight orange juice instead of the hesperidin solution, their blood flow was even better. In other words, the stroke-reducing effects of oranges extend beyond just the hesperidin.

When it comes to food, the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts.

The positive effects of citrus fruits on blood flow don’t require a machine to measure them. In one study, scientists recruited women who suffered from sensitivity to cold weather due to poor blood flow — women with chronically cold hands, feet and toes — and placed them in a highly air-conditioned room.

The women in the experimental group drank a solution containing actual citrus phytonutrients, while another (control) group drank a placebo (an artificially flavoured orange drink).

The placebo drinkers got colder and colder. Because of decreased blood flow, the temperature of their fingertips dropped nearly 13c during the course of the study.

The fingertips of the women who drank real citrus, meanwhile, cooled less than half as fast, because their blood flow remained steadier.

The researchers also had both groups of women plunge their hands into icy water and saw the citrus drinkers recover about 50 per cent faster than the control group.

Source: DailyMail.co.uk
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Sip the Health Benefits of Orange Juice for Clearer Arteries http://www.unclematts.com/sip-the-health-benefits-of-orange-juice-for-clearer-arteries/ http://www.unclematts.com/sip-the-health-benefits-of-orange-juice-for-clearer-arteries/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:23:05 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2334 more]]>

Whether beside oatmeal or eggs, this breakfast favorite helps prevent hardening of the arteries: orange juice.

The health benefits of orange juice include vitamin C. And in a study of men, those with a high intake of vitamin C—as well as berries and other fresh fruit —experienced significantly less thickening of their carotid arteries compared with the low fruit-and-C group.

Findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms the presence of a natural plant chemical called hesperidin – part of a a class of disease-fighting compounds found in plant foods like tea, fruit, soya and cocoa.

Although previous studies have hinted orange juice may be good for the heart, scientists have been uncertain exactly what gives it its protective powers, til now.

Pipe-Cleaning C

Clear arteries. They’re super important because gunk-free can often mean problem-free. But carotid-artery thickness is important, too. It’s a direct measure of atherosclerosis—the narrowing and hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. To keep your arteries wide open and pliable for years to come, you need the health benefits of orange juice and other foods rich in vitamin C and pipe-friendly antioxidants.

Open Wide

Aside from preventing the hardening of the arteries, similar studies have found that vitamin C may help protect your cardiovascular system in numerous ways as well. Whether you get the health benefits of orange juice or another vitamin-C-rich food, the cells lining your arteries will improve, your risk of blood clots will decrease, and bad-for-your-heart inflammation will fade away.

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Orange juice ‘improves brain function’ http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-improves-brain-function/ http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-improves-brain-function/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:41:47 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2282 more]]>

A small study, which saw 37 adults with an average age of 67 consume 500ml (just under a pint) of orange juice daily for eight weeks, found they had an 8% overall improvement in cognitive function compared with a group who consumed a control drink.

At the beginning and end of the eight weeks their memory, reaction time and verbal fluency was measured by carrying out eight tests.

One of the tests of verbal memory required learning a list of words to be recalled immediately, and again after a 30-minute delay.

Researchers said an 8 per cent improvement equates to remembering one more word from a shopping list of 15 items. Small improvements such as this over an eight-week period could translate into substantial improvements over the lifespan.

While the researchers are not recommending that people drink 500ml of orange juice every day, due to its high sugar content, they said their findings show that the constituents of orange juice could play an important role in providing brain-boosting nutrients as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Co-author Dr Daniel Lamport, of the University of Reading’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, said orange juice is a major source of a group of naturally occurring plant phytochemicals known as flavonoids, and is particularly rich in a subclass of flavonoids, known as flavanones.

Recent studies have shown that flavonoids may improve memory through the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is associated with learning and memory.

He said with a rapidly ageing population and estimations that the number of persons aged 60 or over could triple by 2100, it is “imperative” that simple, cost-effective ways to improve cognitive function in old age are explored.

“Small, easily administered changes to the daily diet, such as eating more flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables, have the potential to substantially benefit brain health,” he said.

“We know that people find it difficult to sustain big changes to their diet but simple alterations are much easier to maintain permanently.

“More research on the positive effects of flavonoids on cognition is still needed. However, this is an important discovery which strengthens the growing body of evidence that flavonoid-rich foodstuffs could play a big role in tackling cognition decline in old age.”

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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The amazing health benefits of grapefruit http://www.unclematts.com/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-grapefruit/ http://www.unclematts.com/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-grapefruit/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:52:19 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2262 more]]>

Merely hearing the name of this juicy fruit, or seeing it in the produce aisle, can make our palates cringe and our face scrunch up. Although the slightly bitter and sour grapefruit may not cater to some taste buds, its red, pink, and white pulp varieties are loaded with vitamins and minerals, which add on to its touted health benefits. The moon-shaped fruit is not only rich in vitamin C, but it also provides us with unexpected benefits — from our immune system to our metabolism.

Lauren Blake, a registered dietician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, believes we should opt for the pink- and red-colored varieties to reap the most benefits of this cancer-fighting fruit. “Pink and red colored grapefruit contain the antioxidant lycopene,” Blake told Medical Daily in an email. “Lycopene appears to have propertied that help fight free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells.” Add this low-calorie fruit to your diet today to uncover the great benefits of grapefruit for your health.

1. Strengthens Immune System

It is well known any fruit rich in vitamin C will strengthen and support our immune system. Vitamin C works with other micronutrients that provide good and regular nourishment for the body. Micronutrient deficiencies of vitamins A, B6, C, and E have been found to alter immune responses in animals and are thought to have a similar effect on the human immune response.

Maintaining good levels of vitamin C in the body can reduce the severity of cold symptoms, acting as a natural antihistamine. This makes it helpful in controlling allergies, since it reduces histamine levels. “Grapefruit is abundant in vitamin C which help supports the immune system,” Blake said. “Half of a grapefruit provides about 78 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.”

2. Boosts Metabolism

Grapefruit is a popular diet staple among those looking to lose weight. A high metabolism can continue to burn fat in the body even when it is resting. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found people who ate half a grapefruit before each meal, without making any other dietary changes, lost an average of 3 and a half pounds over 12 weeks.

The copious amount of enzymes, high-water content, and less sodium helps burn fat easily. Blake said: “While grapefruit does not have any magical fat-burning properties, it is low in calories and is a good source of fiber, which helps keep us full for longer by taking longer to digest. … Grapefruit also has a high water content which can help you feel full and stay hydrated.”

3. Reduces Kidney Stones Risk

Naringenin — known for its bitter taste of grapefruit — has been found to successfully prevent the formation of kidney cysts. According to a report by AlphaGalileo.org, the naturally occurring compound regulates the PKD2 protein that is responsible for the condition. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects not only help prevent the formation of cysts, but also reduce swelling in the kidneys that is caused by fluid retention. Drinking up to a liter of grapefruit juice daily will help reap the greatest benefits in effectively blocking the formation of kidney cysts.

4. Fights Gum Disease

Simply eating two grapefruits a day can prevent and even reverse damage caused by gum disease. A 2005 study published in the British Dental Journal found the daily consumption of grapefruit can reduce gum bleeding for those who suffer from gum disease. The participants in the study also showed an increase in their vitamin C levels, which aids in the repair of gums. Vitamin C, according to Blake, is essential for healthy gums, which helps keep our teeth firmly in place.

5. Protects Against Cancer

The antioxidant vitamin C has been linked to decrease the risk of certain cancers. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found grapefruits help repair damaged DNA in human prostate cancer cells. Naringenin stimulates DNA repair in these cancer cells and protects the body from developing cancer.

“Diets high in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables such as grapefruit, had been linked to a reduced risk of cancers of the stomach, colon, bladder, breast, and esophagus,” said Blake. She cautions these results are specific to vitamin C rich foods, rather than supplements.

6. Reduces Stress

You don’t necessarily have to ingest grapefruit to reap its benefits. The smell of citrus fruit can make a difference on curbing our stress and anxiety levels, and depression. A 1995 study published in the Japanese Journal of Psychopharmacology found citrus fragrance restored stress-induced immunosuppression, and induced calm behavior in mice.

Reap the benefits of grapefruit by adding it — and grapefruit juice —  to your diet.

Source: MedicalDaily.com

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5 Reasons to Put Down the Gatorade and Pick Up the OJ Post-Workout http://www.unclematts.com/5-reasons-to-put-down-the-gatorade-and-pick-up-the-oj-post-workout/ http://www.unclematts.com/5-reasons-to-put-down-the-gatorade-and-pick-up-the-oj-post-workout/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:42:56 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2251 more]]> Orange Gatorade (8oz) vs. Orange Juice (8oz)

 

Orange Gatorade (8oz)

Uncle Matt’s Orange Juice (8oz)

CALORIES

50

110

TOTAL FAT

O

O

SODIUM

110 MG

0

POTASSIUM

33 MG

450 MG

TOTAL CARBS

14 G

26 G

SUGARS

14 G

22 G

PROTEIN

0 G

2 G

Move over, Gatorade! Uncle Matt’s Organic 100% orange juice is a serious contender for THE best post-workout recovery drink. With more potassium, beneficial B vitamins, vitamin C, and naturally-occurring fruit sugar per 8 ounce serving, Uncle Matt’s Organic 100% not-from-concentrate orange juice is a great stand-alone recovery drink after a hard workout or the perfect smoothie-base for a natural sports drink with a protein advantage.

Here’s the play by play broken down that shows how Uncle Matt’s is the clear winner:

1. MORE POTASSIUM PER SERVING

Uncle Matt’s OJ has almost 14x more potassium than orange flavored Gatorade per 8-ounce serving. Why’s that important? Potassium is an electrolyte that helps lower pH levels in your body along with the amount of water you store. High body temps, sweating and dehydration during exercise deplete potassium and can lead to cramps. So replenishing your potassium stores post-workout is super-important; both to restore the electrolytes your body needs to perform and prevent cramping.

Winner: Uncle Matt’s

2. BENEFICIAL B VITAMINS

Without adequate amounts of B vitamins such as thiamine, niacin, and B6, you can’t properly convert carbohydrates, fat and protein into energy. B vitamins act as metabolic enzyme assistants, initiating certain steps in the metabolic process. In other words, they help your body regain energy after exercising. Dietitian Ellen Coleman recommends B vitamins in liquid form post-workout to quickly increase their absorption. So when it comes to B Vitamins RDA? Uncle Matt’s 10%, Gatorade 0%.

Winner: Uncle Matt’s

3. CORTISOL-LOWERING VITAMIN C  Studies show that taking vitamin C pre- or post-workout can minimize the catabolic stress response and speed recovery. Also, vitamin C can help lower cortisol after the workout, offsetting its detrimental effects. Eight ounces of Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice provides 80% of the vitamin C you need to recover for the day. Gatorade? Zero.

Winner: Uncle Matt’s

 4. THE NATURAL SUGAR ADVANTAGE

 What a lot of people don’t realize is that Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice contains NO ADDED SUGAR. What it does have is the naturally-occurring sugar found in the whole oranges that are fresh-squeezed at the juicing plant to make our 100% not-from-concentrate juice. What’s more, studies confirm that the sugar found in 100% fruit juices is absorbed into the bloodstream relatively slowly, creating only a moderate rise in insulin levels. This is good news because consuming sugar after a workout is vital for restocking muscle-glycogen stores. In fact, in the hour immediately after a workout, almost none of the sugar you eat turns into fat. That’s right! This is where insulin (did you mean to say sugar???) doesn’t deserve the bad rap it gets. Since it’s anabolic, insulin from natural fruit sugar quickly diverts nutrients into your muscles, stopping muscle breakdown while speeding repair. In other words, a short insulin spike right after a workout is what you want.

Winner: Uncle Matt’s

 5. SMOOTHIE SYNERGY

It’s true: taken after a workout, sugar combined with protein expedites recovery while helping you build muscle. Remember that sugar boosts insulin levels, which are typically low after a workout. So when you get those muscle-building amino acids from protein, sugar is actually being used to transport those amino acids, efficiently fueling your muscles when they need it most. It’s a one-two punch you can’t beat and so easy to make by adding a scoop of your favorite protein to our 100% organic orange juice. ­­­­ Gatorade in a smoothie? Um… not the same.

Winner: Uncle Matt’s

 

 

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