Grapefruit and Medicine: Get the Facts

If you are a Today show regular, you may have seen last week’s segment about grapefruit and its possible interaction with certain medications. News stories about the Canadian study on which the Today report was based have caused some people to ask whether they can continue to enjoy the Florida grapefruit and fresh-squeezed Florida grapefruit juice they love. Because we value the health and safety of our customers, we wanted to give you the facts.

The Canadian report is not really news. A 1998 report by the same Canadian researcher reported that eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice may increase the body’s absorption of certain statins, cardiac medications and other drugs. The new report increases the number of named drugs (most developed since the first report) that may have the potential to interact with grapefruit.

As reported in The Lakeland Ledger, Florida Department of Citrus director of scientific research Dan King said, “We know of no validated evidence that co-administration of grapefruit juice with a drug has caused a dangerous drug interaction resulting in ‘serious adverse effects’ or actual harm to a patient’s health.” King said statements made in the study “are unnecessarily alarming and do not correctly reflect the current state of medical and scientific understanding on this topic.”

If you are concerned about the affect grapefruit may have on medications you are taking, we urge you to talk to your healthcare provider. Fortunately, you can always switch to eating fresh Florida oranges which do not interact with medicine.

Fresh or Frozen: Which Orange Juice Is Better for You?

Orange juice made from concentrates claim to be just as healthy for you as fresh-squeezed orange juice. Frozen orange juice concentrates and the liquid orange juices made from concentrate that are sold in the dairy section of your grocery store would like you to think that they offer the same delicious taste, vitamins and healthy nutrients as the pure, fresh orange juice they attempt to imitate. Their labels tout their flavor and vitamin C content. They tempt you to buy them by adding calcium and vitamin D to boost their nutritional value. But is orange juice made from concentrates really as good for you as the fresh-squeezed juice from fresh, ripe Florida oranges?

In a word, NO. Nutritionists say the closer a food is to its natural source, the higher its nutritional value; and you can’t get any closer to nature than the juice from a fresh-picked, fresh-squeezed Florida orange! Every step in the food processing process removes vital nutrients that are contained in the whole food. The more processed a food is the greater its nutrient loss.

Manufacturers replace some of that nutrient loss by adding chemically-created vitamins back into their product. However, many nutrients, especially the important phytonutrients only found in fresh oranges, cannot be replaced after they have been removed during processing. Also, because our bodies absorb natural nutrients more efficiently and more completely than artificial nutrients, the nutrient value of fresh Florida orange juice will always be higher than that of processed concentrates.

Next time: But what about organics?

Fight Wrinkles with Florida Citrus and You’ll Be Smiling in Holiday Photos

The holidays are coming. Clans will be gathering. And you know what that means — holiday photos. LOTS of them!

When families get together during the Thanksgiving holidays, taking pictures is part of the fun. Busy schedules and simple distance make it hard for families to stay connected. We just don’t get as many opportunities as we would like to spend time with the people we love most. So we gather at the holidays to catch up on each other’s lives, marvel at how tall the kids have grown, share cherished family memories and create some new ones. Naturally, we want to capture every wonderful moment in pictures.

There’s the rub. If age is catching up with you and those fine lines on your face are starting to deepen into wrinkles, you may be less than thrilled about having your picture taken during the holidays. Who wants their wrinkles to be displayed on every family Facebook page? No one! So fight back with Florida citrus!

The vitamin C in Florida oranges and Florida grapefruit fights wrinkles and protects skin from the harmful oxidation that causes skin to lose its supple youthfulness. According to new research, the topical application of vitamin C also stimulates collagen production. Loss of collagen causes skin to wrinkle. For maximum wrinkle protection, researches recommend drinking a daily glass of fresh-squeezed Florida citrus juice and applying vitamin C topically.

Don’t hide from the camera this Thanksgiving. Drink your orange juice and “say cheese”!

The Straight Scoop on Vitamin C and Colds

We’re heading into cold and flu season. Flu shot clinics are opening up at drug stores and grocery pharmacies across the country. Commercials for cold remedies are flooding television. A flu shot will protect you from getting the flu this winter; but avoiding the sneezing, coughing misery of the common cold is trickier. Nothing has been unequivocally proven to prevent colds; but there are a few alternative remedies that researchers say may shorten the length or severity of a cold — including vitamin C from Florida oranges,

Vitamin C has been touted as a cold preventative for years and many people swear by its power to keep them cold-free. While scientific research to date has not proven that vitamin C from Florida oranges can prevent colds; on its website, the renowned Mayo Clinic says, “taking vitamin C before the onset of cold symptoms may shorten the duration of symptoms.” Researchers have also found that daily doses of vitamin C may help protect people who are at high risk of contracting colds due to frequent exposure to cold germs, including children in daycare, schoolchildren, day care providers, teachers, medical personnel, parents and grandparents.

The bottom line: A daily glass of vitamin C-rich Florida orange juice isn’t guaranteed to prevent you from getting a cold; but it certainly won’t hurt. And if you do get a cold, it just might shorten your misery.