Grapefruits are very tart and slightly sweet especially the red and pink varieties. They are closely related to the orange and pomelo with a diameter from four to six inches. The health perks of grapefruit spans head to toe with scientific research backing the proven benefits of vitamin C, antioxidants, and improved heart health as well as cancer prevention. They are not the easiest fruit to prepare since they are most often eaten in halves with the juicy center carefully separated from the outer walls (A tedious task). They can be peeled and eaten like an orange if you get used to the tart taste.
- Vitamin C
- Fight Cancer
- Lower Cholesterol
- Prevent Kidney Stones
- Prevent Heart Disease
- Low Glycemic
Vitamin C– Grapefruits are very high in Vitamin C. They contain 60% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C in just one grapefruit. Vitamin C is commonly known to boost the immune system, reduce cold symptoms, and even reduced the severity of conditions, such as asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Antioxidants– Grapefruits are high in lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient. Lycopene has the highest antioxidant levels of all the carotenoids, but note that it’s only found in the pink and red varieties. White grapefruit does not have this important antioxidant.
Fight Cancer– The antioxidant levels of grapefruit has anti-cancer properties. In studies involving cancer ridden mice, the antioxidants in grapefruits reduced the number of cancer cells dramatically. In similar case controlled studies prostate cancer patients were 82% less likely to get cancer when eating lycopene rich diets.
Lower Cholesterol– The pectin in grapefruits has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and slow down the progression of atherosclerosis in animal studies. In one controlled study the arterial blockage was reduced by 20% and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels dipped 15% with the addition of pectin fiber to the diet.
Prevent Kidney Stones– Grapefruits increase the pH value of urine, lowering the risk of forming calcium oxalate stones.
Prevent Heart Disease- The antioxidants reduce inflammation of the blood vessels, reducing the threat of atherosclerosis. Maintaining the elasticity of your blood vessels is the key to heart health. Fiber in the form of pectin adds another heart healthy benefit to eating grapefruits on a daily basis.
Low Glycemic- Grapefruits have the second lowest glycemic index of any other fruit. Cherries have a glycemic index of 22 and grapefruits are a close second place with a glycemic index of 25. Most fruit has a glycemic index of 40 or higher. Grapefruits can be an ideal snack for those people watching their blood sugar levels.
Did You know?
Most botanists agree that grapefruits are actually a cross between an orange and a pomelo that occurred naturally thousands of years ago. The pink varieties have more antioxidant levels and score higher on health related studies. There has been research in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry that suggests eating grapefruit can actually repair damaged DNA in prostate cancer. A flavonoid concentrated in grapefruit called Naringenin helps to heal damaged DNA by releasing enzymes that repair DNA during the replication stage of the cell. These early reports are encouraging and help solidify grapefruit as a true Super-Fruit.
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