Benefits of Grapefruit

If you’re looking for a healthful weight-loss booster, you’ve come to the right fruit.

Grapefruit Nutrition Facts:

The fact that it’s low in sodium—so you retain less water—and high in fat-burning enzymes has spawned a whole diet featuring the fruit. There’s no need to resort to nothing-but-grapefruit-juice, but including fresh grapefruit juice as part of your diet can certainly doesn’t hurt. Just remember that those fat-burning enzymes are heat sensitive: store-bought grapefruit juice, which has been pasteurized, will give you little to none of this weight-loss boost.

In addition to the fat-burning enzymes, there are many other benefits of grapefruit juice, such as enzymes that nacan super-charge your metabolism, helping you to burn more calories throughout the day, especially you have your glass of juice within the first two hours of your day.

The benefits of grapefruit extend beyond your figure. Like other citrus fruits, it’s rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that boosts your immune system and helps lower your cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Adding red grapefruit to your diet, studies have found, can lower your total cholesterol by as much as 15% and your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 20%. It also lowers triglycerides—triglyceride levels are considered to be another important measure of heart health.

Grapefruits can also protect against cancer. The lycopene found in pink and red grapefruits scavenges cancer-causing free radicals. It also increases the production and activity of enzymes responsible for liver detoxification, helping to protect cells against toxins and oxidative stress. The limonoids in grapefruit have been shown to inhibit tumor formation. Grapefruit consumption may also be specifically protective against colon, prostate and lung cancers.

If you’re concerned about kidney stones, the addition of grapefruit juice to your diet can reduce your risk. The juice increases urinary pH value and the excretion of citric acid, which reduces the formation of calcium oxide stones.

Some people really enjoy the sourness of grapefruit juice on its own. Others appreciate it more when it’s tempered with sweetness. Tropicana used to offer a Ruby Red Orange juice that tempered the sourness of ruby red grapefruits with orange. I find that combination very satisfying. Try juicing a grapefruit with a handful of blueberries and grapes, or with apples and kale. Raspberries and strawberries also go well with grapefruit’s flavor. For a great summer cooler, try grapefruit, pineapple and watermelon.

We frequently enjoy grapefruit juice with seltzer water, in a one to one ratio, served over ice. The fizz of the carbonation and the bite of grapefruit go well together.

Grapefruit juice can also make for great smoothies. Try blending red grapefruit with strawberries, bananas, yogurt, honey and ice. Get juicing grapefruit today!

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