What's the Latest Development?

Thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants from flavonoids, orange juice has many potential positive effects when it comes to combatting cancer, according to a new study published the journal Nutrition and Cancer. "Evidence from previous in vitro studies has indicated that orange juice can reduce the risk of leukemia in children, as well as aid in chemoprevention against mammary, hepatic, and colon cancers. Biological effects of orange juice in vitro are largely influenced by the juice's composition, which is dependent on physiological conditions of the oranges such as climate, soil, fruit maturation, and storage methods post-harvest."

What's the Big Idea?

While researchers recognize the potential dangers associated with the toxicity of orange juice, especially if consumed in large quantities by the young, its anti-cancer properties make the drink an important part of a healthy diet. "Orange juice has antimicrobial and antiviral action and modulates the absorption of xenobiotics. 'OJ could contribute to chemoprevention at every stage of cancer initiation and progression,' the researchers explained. 'Among the most relevant biological effects of OJ is the juice's antigenotoxic and antimutagenic potential, which was shown in cells in culture and in rodents and humans.'"

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