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Vitamin C and Florida Orange Juice

Vitamin C plays a key role in supporting a healthy immune system 1-4 and may reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms.7 Vitamin C is thought to have an anti-histamine effect,1,4,5 and may support lung function.1,6  Furthermore, the absorption of iron from plants may increase when consumed with vitamin C.1-4

Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in food and is necessary for collagen formation, an essential component of skin, bones, gums, and cartilage.1-4  Vitamin C also helps regenerate vitamin E into its antioxidant form providing further protection against damage.1,3

Fruits and vegetables supply about 90 percent of the vitamin C in the diets of the general population.3 Oranges and 100% orange juice are one of the richest sources of vitamin C.8 Grapefruit juice, kale, kiwi, and cauliflower also have significant amounts of vitamin C.

An 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, containing 120% of the recommended Daily Value.*


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Citrus juices, such as Florida OJ, are reported to be the largest contributor of vitamin C in the diet.9


Life Stage Benefits

Below are age-specific benefits vitamin C provides the body:

Kids, Teens &Young Adults

  • Helps with the healing of cuts and scrapes.
  • Supports developing bones and tissues.
  • Supports a healthy immune system to help a body in its natural fight against infection.

Prenatal

  • Helps baby’s developing bones and tissues.
  • Iron needs increase during pregnancy,1 and vitamin C may promote the absorption of plant-based iron when consumed together.1-4
  • Vitamin C needs greatly increase during breastfeeding.1
  • Vitamin C intake by mothers may influence the amount of vitamin C in breast milk;10 for example, drinking 3-5 servings of 100% orange juice per week doubled breast milk vitamin C concentrations.11

Adults

  • Vitamin C’s antioxidant activity helps to mitigate inflammation, which is associated with many chronic diseases.
  • Vitamin C needs increase during wound healing. 13
  • May support cardiovascular health. 2-4
  • Plays a role in healthy aging of the brain, particularly in elderly with insufficient vitamin C status. 2
  • Diets low in fat and containing fiber, vitamin A or vitamin C may reduce the risk of some types of cancers – A disease associated with many factors.14

Learn more about the benefits Florida Orange Juice provides on the Nutrition Benefits page.

*Values based on a 2000 calorie diet. Average of USDA SR28 database entries for 09206 and 09209 were used for calculating Daily Values. FDA rounding rules applied when calculating percent DV based upon 2018 rules. Information is not intended for labeling food in packaged form. Nutrient values may vary based on manufacturer, brand, or product types.