Did you know a grapefruit is called a grapefruit simply because it grows in clusters, like grapes? The taste of a grapefruit can be bitter and sour, but it has many health benefits for you and your kids.
The nutritional power of grapefruits
Grapefruit doesn’t only contain vitamin C, which is commonly known to be protective against cold or flu. It is not just one nutrient that helps prevent a certain disease, but rather the combination of several ingredients in it that does the trick. This juicy fruit contains citric acid, natural sugars, essential oils like limonene, pinene and citral. It has high amounts of vitamin C and smaller amounts of vitamin A, B complex, E and K. In the mineral department, larger amounts of calcium, folic acid, phosphorus and potassium are found. The nutritive phytonutrients of this voluptuous fruit – liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates – help fight cancer and various diseases.
The many health benefits of grapefruit
When eating or juicing grapefruit, peel off the skin but leave as much of the albedo intact as possible as it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.
- Acidity: Although grapefruit has a sub-acid taste, its juice actually has an alkaline reaction after digestion. This has a profound effect in the treatment of acidity in the digestive system that causes a host of other health problems.
- Atherosclerosis: Pectin in this fruit has been found to be effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and the vitamin C helps strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.
- Breast cancer: In another study, the bioflavonoids found in grapefruit were discovered to even halt cancer cells from spreading in breast cancer patients by ridding the body of excess estrogen.
- Common cold: A common cold is usually your body telling you that you are overworked. A regular drink of grapefruit during a stressful period gives your immune system the boost needed to prevent it coming on.
- Cholesterol: A certain compound found in grapefruit helps reduce the excessive production of cholesterol from the liver.
- Diabetes: A diabetic can safely eat a grapefruit. In fact, more consumption of this fruit will help reduce the starches and sweets in the system. If you are at risk for diabetes, consume more grapefruit juice to help prevent it.
- Digestive disorder: This juice helps to promote digestion by increasing the flow of gastric juices. Eat the fruit together with its albedo and pith for their extra fiber that aids bowel movements.
- Fatigue: At the end of a long and tiring day, drink a glass of grapefruit juice with lemon juice in equal parts with a little honey to dispel all fatigue and tiredness.
- Fever: Besides drinking plenty of fluids, also drink grapefruit juice to reduce fever.
- Insomnia: A drink of grapefruit juice before bedtime, helps to promote sleep and alleviates insomnia.
- Pregnant woman: The bioflavonoids and vitamin C help reduce water retention and swelling of the legs during pregnancy.
- Sore throat: Drinking freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice helps relieve sore throats and soothes coughs.
- Stomach and pancreatic cancer: The anti-cancer agents in grapefruit (especially in the albedo) are particularly protective against these cancers in the digestive system.
- Weight-loss: This fruit has a fat-burning enzyme and can help to absorb and reduce the starch and sugar in the body. It is widely consumed by people who are trying to lose weight. If you don’t fall under the category of people mentioned below (look at “Caution” colum), then take a glass of grapefruit juice twice a day and eat normally.