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
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
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
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.
juice can boost anti-cancer drug.
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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