Grapefruit from the Latin words citrus paradise, is an excellent source of vitamin C and has a low glycemic index. The many health benefits of grapefruit include; protecting against free radicals, reducing the severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, fatigue, fever, malaria, diabetes, constipation, indigestion, urinary problems, excess acidity and rheumatoid arthritis. The high concentration of vitamin C means it also promotes cardiovascular health.
Pink and Red grapefruit also contain significant levels of lycopene which is effective in eliminating free radicals which damage cells, and thus is thought to have “anti tumor” properties. Interestingly, lycopene is NOT found in white grapefruit – only pink and red.
Grapefruit also contains pectin which is an effective agent for lowering cholesteral and its ability to alter urinary PH makes this citrus fruit effective at lowering the risk of forming calcium oxalate kidney stones. It also works as a natural antiseptic for external wounds, and contains a high water content, which helps in changing the complexion of the skin and increasing the body’s metabolic rate.
Most of you will remember that there was a fad diet in the 1980’s referred to as “the grapefruit diet”. Apparently there is some science to support grapefruit’s weight loss reputation:
“Grapefruit works as an excellent appetite suppressant as compared to many other substances and foods. It is said that smell of the grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger, which is the reason why people often include grapefruit in their weight loss programs. The high amounts of fiber contained in this fruit can also satisfy hunger and help people avoid the temptation to overeat, since it is a bulky food, and stimulates cholecystokinin to be released, a hormone that regulates digestive juices and acts as a hunger suppressant.” Read more here
Note – grapefruit can negatively interact with certain prescription drugs, making them less effective. Please consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet.
Grapefruit Water – an easy refreshing way to kick start your metabolism. Make this up the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator. You can eat the fruit or discard it as you prefer. Makes a great weekend detox or drink daily as you prefer.
- ½ pink or red grapefruit cut into small wedges with the rind and white membrane
- 1 quart pitcher of water
Stir the grapefruit into the water and leave in the fridge overnight.