Grapefruit is, no doubt, a major source of vitamin C and the basis for a very popular diet. Many have caught on to the wonderful properties of grapefruit and why it’s particularly helpful to lose weight and stay fit.
As a major defender of disease and builder of immunity, grapefruit is one of the best in the citrus family, but there’s so much more that grapefruit can do.
Grapefruit contains lots of vitamin C and water content. It is also a source of dietary fiber, lycopene, six B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and manganese. Grapefruit is also cholesterol free and low in calories.
Did You Know…?
An interesting fact that few people know is that grapefruit is a hybrid fruit derived from the pomelo and citrus orange, first bred in Barbados, and unavailable until the 18thcentury. There are red, white and pink varieties and the name is derived from the fact that grapefruits grow on trees in clusters like grapes.
Health Benefits of Grapefruit
Supports Weight Loss – Because grapefruit has very low sugar content (it actually tastes bitter) that releases slowly into the bloodstream and several fat-burning enzymes, grapefruit is believed to speed up one’s metabolism and quickly burn fat. This is the basis behind the popular grapefruit diet. Reportedly, the smell of grapefruit reduces hunger and the fiber content makes you feel full quicker as well.
Cancer Blocker – Grapefruit contains lycopene, a carotenoid in the pink and red varieties that works to destroy free radicals in the blood that can lead to cancer. Lycopene also protects the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Naringenin, another antioxidant in grapefruit, restores DNA and stops the formation of cancerous cells. Studies show that eating a lot of grapefruit decreases the risk for breast cancer in women who do not use or have never used hormone therapy. Even grapefruit seeds contain antioxidants.
Heart Health – Grapefruit is cholesterol free itself and also helps to lower cholesterol. Low cholesterol levels promote cardiovascular health. However, since grapefruit interacts negatively with certain prescription drugs, heart patients particularly should consult their doctor before consuming it regularly.
Regulates Diabetes and Blood Sugar – Grapefruit is also known to lower blood sugar levels if eaten often, because of its low sugar and high water content.
Arthritis, Gout and Inflammation Blocker – Grapefruit has been known to prevent arthritis, by clearing out blockages that form in the joints. It is also anti-inflammatory and neutralizes acid in the body. Strengthens
Immune System – Vitamin C content and antioxidants found in grapefruit make the immune system stronger, which helps to fight infections and keep back illnesses, including the common cold and flu.
Helps With Digestion – Grapefruit helps the digestive system function better, due to its high fiber content.
Fights Aging and Promotes Skin Health – Grapefruit contains spermidine, an organic compound that the body makes naturally, but declines with age. Spermidine helps in the metabolic process, slows the aging process, and facilitates the growth of new cells for healthy skin.
Other Functions – Grapefruit also helps to reduce fever, regulate liver function, eliminate fatigue, break down gallstones, treat malaria, alleviate insomnia, and alleviate urinary tract disorders, and the list goes on.