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Potential Health Benefits of Grapefruit

 

As we learned from last week's post, grapefruits are rich in vitamin C, pectin, and also lycopene from its pink and red hue. With these nutrients provided, eating grapefruits may actually bring you lots of health benefits!

Many studies have suggested that grapefruit consumption can be beneficial in reducing the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Here are some potential health benefits of grapefruits:

 

  • Grapefruit is low in calorie and has a glycemic index of 25, which means it does not raise your blood sugar significantly and rapidly
  •  Vitamin C in grapefruit can help prevent oxygen free radical damage, which reduces oxidization of cholesterol and reduces inflammatory conditions including asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
  •  Vitamin C-rich grapefruit can also act as a cold-fighter by reducing or relieving cold symptoms
  •  Lycopene act as an antioxidant, which helps fight oxygen free radicals and prevent cell damage. Lycopene can ultimately increase anti-tumor activities and greatly reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men
  • The combination of potassium, choline, lycopene, vitamin C, and fibre can all contribute to good heart health
  • The juicy grapefruit provides 91% of water, which gives your enough hydration and a good electrolyte balance
  •  The high fibre and water content in grapefruit can help prevent constipation and promote healthy gut function