As oranges are part of my prepared daily fruit consumption, I’m glad to be told by scientists that a couple of glasses of orange juice a day can nearly halve the risk of hip fractures.

A study of more than 10,000 people found that it strengthened bones and protected against breaks. The secret appears to be vitamin C. Researchers at Zhengzhou University in China compared the vitamin C intake of 2899 hip fracture patients with 7908 volunteers of a similar age. They found that for the juice of every medium sized orange, the risk of fracture dropped by 5 per cent.

It means an average sized glass containing 8 fluid oz. of juice could potentially reduce the risk by 20 per cent, and two glasses by up to 40 per cent. The researchers conclude: ‘Our results strongly support the idea that increasing dietary vitamin C can reduce the risk of hip fracture.’

The NHS spends about £4.6 million a day treating fractures resulting from falls, and hip fractures alone, cost hospitals over £1 billion each year. Well folks, be sensible, eat oranges and help the NHS who are desperate to reduce their financial burden which is crippling their activities.

That could be your good turn for Christmas.

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