A new study by the University of Wisconsin researchers found fruit juice may help your body fight infections.
In their study, published in the journal PLOS One, the researchers recruited 40 healthy adults, ages 20 to 59, who were given either a standard juice cleanliness test or one that had a fruit juice flavor.
The study, which took place in the UW Medical Center, involved taking the participants’ blood samples and taking them to a lab for a sample of their urine and urine-like substances.
After the participants were done with their tests, they were asked to eat the same fruit juice and drink the same juice water as before, along with the same questions.
The participants were then tested again two weeks later.
The researchers found the fruit juice tests led to significantly lower levels of fecal bacteria in the participants compared to those who had been given the standard test.
However, the results did not indicate that the fruit juices cleansed the participants from their infection-fighting bacteria.
“This study shows that the use of fruit juice as a cleanse for healthy individuals could lead to beneficial effects on the body,” Dr. Karen D’Agostino, one of the researchers, said in a statement.
D’Agos said the results also suggest the juice may offer some benefits for those with compromised immune systems.
The study, titled “Caffeine-Free Fruit Juice Cleanses and Increases Proteolytic Capacity of Inflammatory Proteins,” was published online by PLOS ONE.