Archive for July 31st, 2007

Orange Juice Can Prevent Kidney Stones

July 31, 2007

imageserty.jpgGood news for orange juice drinkers.  More benefits come your way than just taking the extra Vitamin C with this new study looking at extra help of orange juices in prevnting kidney stones.

It is known in the medical community that potassium citrate found in most citrus juice can slow down formation of kidney stones BUT are all citrus fruits the same?.

In a recent study by a team from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, published in Oct. 26 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that components found in orange juice can affect a juice’s ability to prevent stones.  In the study the volunteers drank 13 ounces of orange juice, lemonade or distilled water three times a day with meals. They were also put on a low-calcium, low-oxalate diet, which also helps cut stone formation.

The Results:

One possible explanation as to why OJ is better than Lemonade is that the citrate in orange is accompanied by a potassium ion ( the same goes with Grapefruit) while the citrate in lemonade and cranberry juice is accompanied by a hydrogen ion.  The problem with hydrogen ions is that they counteract the beneficial effects of high citrate content while potassium ions do not!!!

So…. for those with risks to develop Kidney stones, here’s one that we can incorporate in our diets!  One that we can enjoy every morning with our breakfast!

An OJ Each Day May Prevent Stones Today!