Grapefruit Health Benefits
The fat-burning enzymes in grapefruit posses unique ability to burn away fat. The fruits are especially high in pectin which help to lower blood cholesterol.

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Health Benefits of The Grapefruit

Grapefruit is very popular among the citrus family due to its flavour and refreshing qualities. It is an excellent health-builder and appetizer as it promotes salivary and gastric digestion. More than 20 varieties of grapefruit have been propagated in the United States. Nutritional value of the fruit varies with colour (white, pink, or red). Red and pink grapefruits have high amount of vitamin A, potassium(325mg), folate(25 micrograms), calcium(40mg), and iron(1mg). Other health benefits of the fruit includes:

  • Citric acid of fresh grapefruit juice has an alkaline reaction that increase the alkalinity in the body. The fruit juice has been found useful in treating many diseases caused by too much acid in the body system.

  • Grapefruit is a rich source of pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre that helps to lower blood cholesterol.

  • Pink and red grapefruits contain high amount of  lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is know for lowering the risk of prostate cancer.

  • Grapefruit stimulates appetite and posses unique ability to burn away fat, for many years people have used the fruit to lose weight.

  • Prevent and treat diabetes - eating grapefruit can help people lose weight which in turn can decrease the risk for diabetes.

  • Grapefruit peel is rich with pectin which is used for the preservation of other fruits. The peel oil can also be use as soft-drink flavouring.

  • The pulp of grapefruit is valuable in relieving constipation. When wholly taken, it supplies healthy bulk to aid bowel action.

  • The bitter properties of grapefruit can remove the burning sensation of fever and is excellent remedy for influenza.

  • Grapefruit contain natural ‘quinine’ which is used to treat malaria. This ‘quinine’ can be extracted by boiling a quarter of a grapefruit and straining the pulp.

  • The protective plant chemicals found in grapefruits induce the production of enzymes that help to prevent cancer.

  • Grapefruit juice inhibits a special enzyme in the intestines that is responsible for the natural breakdown and absorption of many medications.

  • Eating grapefruit daily seems to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory disorders symptoms.

  • Grapefruit juice is extremely rich in vitamin C and potassium. Therefore, it is used as a medicine in scanty urination caused by kidney, liver and heart disorders.

  • Grapefruit is a natural source of soluble dietary fibre that offers many health benefits.

  • Grapefruit juice can boost anti-cancer drug.

Other grapefruit benefits include: Waste from grapefruit packing plants can be converted into molasses for cattle. The hulls can be used for soil conditioning, when combined with the dried pulp it can be used to feed cattle. Old grapefruit trees can be salvaged to use for firewood.

         


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