Grapefruit: Top 5 Health Benefits

Originating from Barbados, Grapefruit is a tropical, citrus hybrid-fruit known for its bitter-sweet to sour taste. It is a cross between the sweet orange and pomelo which were both introduced from Asia in the 17th century. Grapefruits contain a host of essential vitamins and minerals and are rich in antioxidants and fibre. There’s a reason why they’ve so long been associated with a healthy breakfast and zesty start to the day…Want to know more? Read on for these Top 5 Health Benefits of Grapefruit!

1. Low in Calories, High in Nutrients

Grapefruit possesses a plethora of nutrients that are beneficial to your body. Here are just some of the wealth of goodies found in a medium-sized grapefruit: Calories: 106, Carbs: 26g, Protein: 2g, Fibre: 4g. / Vitamin C: 64% of the RDI (Recommended Dietary Intake) Vitamin A: 28% of RDI, Potassium: 5% of RDI, Thiamine: 4% of RDI, Folate: 4% of RDI, Magnesium: 3% of RDI.

2. Rich in Powerful Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that may cause harmful reactions in your body. The fruit contains potent levels of Vitamin A, and flavonoid antioxidants such as naringenin, and naringin. It also has a moderate amount of lycopene, β-carotene, xanthin, and lutein, which all help to prevent deterioration caused by free radicals.

3. Immune System Booster

With a hefty dose of Vitamin C, Grapefruit helps support the immune system in a number of ways. For example, it may help prevent and treat respiratory and other infections such as cold and flu. This is true particularly with older adults, people suffering with chronic conditions, and those who smoke.

4. Encourages Weight Loss

Grapefruit has several properties that can be associated with weightloss. Most notably its fibre content, which helps promote fullness and thereby reduce calorie intake. Additionally, grapefruit contains few calories but lots of water, which is great for hydration. A good daily intake of water is known to help with weight loss.

5. Improves Heart Health

Grapefruits are high in potassium, a mineral responsible in part for keeping the heart healthy. Half a grapefruit provides about 5% of your daily potassium needs. Sufficient potassium intake is also.associated with a reduced risk of high blood pressure. Also, it has been shown to lower the risk of death from heart disease. Along with weight loss, the fibre in grapefruit may also boost heart health, given that a high fibre intake is linked with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

So if you haven’t tried grapefruit juice, try including it in your diet and you’ll see your health improve. Though beware, some medications can react negatively with grapefruit so be sure to check.

Other than that, also try the aromatic Florida Pink grapefruit variety with your next breakfast meal as squeezed juice, added into oats or as a side serving with scrambled eggs. Either way, reap the manifold benefits that await you care of these lovely grapefruits!

Are you a fan of grapefruit? What health effects have you noticed by consuming them regularly? Too sour? What recipes could be combined to make them more mouthwatering? Let us know in the comments below, and join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Giselle Tadman

Giselle is transitioning vegan currently studying an MA in Creative Writing at the Open University. She has been interested in health and fitness for several years and her favourite activities include yoga and martial arts. Other interests include writing, poetry and computer science.

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