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Grapefruit Health Benefits

Grapefruit is a large citrus fruit related to the orange, lemon and pomelo and usually range in diameter from four to six inches, with some varieties featuring seeds while others are seedless. Grapefruit was named after the grape, because grapefruits grow in clusters like grapes.

 

Grapefruits are usually eaten fresh by slicing the fruit horizontally and scooping out sections of the halves with a spoon.

 

Grapefruits are categorized as white (blond), pink or ruby. Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system.

 

Vitamin C-rich foods like grapefruit may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms; over 20 scientific studies have suggested that vitamin C is a cold-fighter.

 

In addition to being rich in Vitamin C, grapefruits are also rich In Vitamin A, fiber, potassium and magnesium.

 

Additionally it contains moderate levels of Vitamin B complex such as folate, riboflavin, pyridoxine and thiamine in addition to some resourceful minerals such as iron, calcium, copper and phosphorus.

 

Grapefruit is high in enzymes that burn fats, has high water content and has less sodium. A combination of these three characteristics makes grapefruit a perfect food for increasing your body’s metabolism.

 

Eating grapefruit or drinking its juice helps treat common cold and fever, dissolve gallstones, boost liver function and enhance immunity against infections.

 

As grapefruit contains a dietary fiber called pectin, it thus promotes better digestion.

 

Grapefruit has a negative effect against many prescription drugs such as those used in treating depression, allergies, high blood pressure, seizures, impotence, heart palpitations and even HIV.

 

Tell your health care provider if you want to use grapefruit as a regular form of treatment. Grapefruit is very low in calories and consists of only 42 calories per 100 grams.

 

Thus it is a good option for people who want to lose weight and health benefits of grapefruit are many.

 

Foods with fiber leave you feeling full and grapefruit is rich in water soluble fiber. Like watermelon, grapefruit has a high water content which makes you feel full.

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