Oranges Can Suppress Your Immunity!?!

by Rhianna on February 2, 2014

You wake up one morning with a tickle in the throat, and a bit of a stuffy nose. You decide it’s a good idea to ramp up the vitamin C so you grab a large, freshly squeezed juice. That will help, right???

Orange Juice
Not according to the research! Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Dental Survey demonstrated that consuming just 100 grams of sugars including fructose (fruit sugar), glucose, sucrose, and honey, inhibit the ability of white blood cells (a vital part of our immune system) to engulf and destroy harmful invaders. At peak, white blood cells can actually drop by 50%. If you are warding off a cold or flu, this is not something you want!

According to the research, sugar impairs the functioning of the immune system within less than 30 minutes after ingestion and can continue to inhibit immune function for more than five hours. The more sugar consumed, the greater the immune suppression.

Joseph Pizzorno, ND, (founder of Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington), listed various factors which impair immune system, and at the top of the list was the “intake of sugar and other concentrated carbohydrates.”  His other top immune suppressors included toxic chemicals, stress, insufficient rest, candida overgrowth, air pollution, vaccinations, heavy metals, pesticides and nutritional deficiencies. More information can be found in his book Total Wellness.

So certainly, if you are feeling a cold coming on boost your vitamin C content, but do so using Camu Camu powder, Gubinge powder or a pure vitamin C that contains little to no sugar (and NO artificial sweeteners!!!). Avoiding sweet foods, refined carbohydrates and limiting fruit consumption during this time can also be beneficial. You don’t need to reach for the oranges. Chili peppers, red and green capsicum, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts all contains more vitamin C than oranges, so boosting your intake of these veggies can help to boost your immunity.

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