A Glass of Sweet Orange Juice is Effective to Reduce Anger
There are many ways that can be done to reduce anger, such as listening to music with a soft rhythm or just by drawing a deep breath. There is also a way that is unique yet proven quite effective, which is by drinking a glass of sweet orange juice.
This method will not change someone to be really patient and forgiving, because at some point the anger will still appear. But at least the mixture of sugar in the lemon juice to make the limits of patience more lenient than they should.
The key is not in the orange juice but on the glucose or simple sugar in the drink. In the blood, glucose is sent also to the brain as a source of energy, among others, it is useful for controlling temperament and other negative emotions.
Lack of supply of sugar to the brain can cause uncontrolled negative emotions, thus becoming more aggressive and irritable. That is why, to some extent a sweetened orange juice with sugar can reduce explosive anger.
Benefits of sweet orange drink is not just a theoretical expectations, because a team from Ohio State University have proved it recently. 62 high school students were involved in the experiment led by Professor Brad Bushman, according to ScienceDaily.
Students were divided into 2 groups, each given a drink of orange juice equally given sweeteners. The difference is, one group used sugar-sweetener, while another group used glucose-free artificial sweeteners.
Once given a pause of about 6 minutes to give time for the absorption of sugar into the blood, all participants were asked to undergo a reaction test. Each provoked each other with disturbing noises.
The group that received artificial sweeteners’ anger were more easily provoked and started to look aggressively at a lower noise level. While those who drank orange juice with sugar-sweetened needed a more noisy situation and also a longer time before their anger was provoked.
“These results explain why people with impaired glucose metabolism tend to be more aggressive, such as diabetes. A lot of sugar in the blood, but the metabolism is disturbed so it does not reach the brain,” said Prof. Bushman.