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How Orange Juice Benefits Cholesterol Levels

How Orange Juice Benefits Cholesterol Levels

Orange juice isn't just a sweet breakfast treat. Pouring yourself a tall glass every morning could be good for reducing cholesterol, too.

That's exactly what happened in a recent study. People with high cholesterol who were put on a diet rich in orange juice saw their LDL cholesterol drop 12 percent after just 2 months.

Artery-shielding flavonoids
The people in the recent study drank a significant amount of orange juice—four 8-ounce glasses a day. Way more calories and carbs than most of us could—or should—add to our diets. But the study does help underpin other research showing how orange juice benefits the heart and arteries, even in smaller amounts. Seems the flavonoids in the juice inhibit an enzyme thought to boost LDL production. Those same flavonoids also appear to enhance the liver's ability to excrete extra LDL through bile.

Well-rounded cholesterol control
Limiting your blood levels of bad cholesterol is a heart-healthy choice because too much artery-clogging cholesterol will pad blood vessels and set the stage for dangerous blockages. But, of course, no one should try reducing cholesterol solely on their OJ intake. Getting good control requires a multifaceted approach that includes exercise, an overall healthy diet and, possibly, weight loss. Here are some more strategies to consider:

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