21 Powerful Reasons to Eat Grapefruit

May 25th, 2018 by Loretta Lanphier

21 Powerful Reasons to Eat Grapefruit

From supporting your immune system to improving your cholesterol levels, there are many powerful reasons to eat grapefruit. Grapefruit contains a juiciness that competes with that of the popular orange and shines with many of the same health benefits. Grapefruits are about 75 percent juice. The average grapefruit produces almost two-thirds of a cup of fresh-squeezed juice, which retains 98 percent of its vitamin C in the refrigerator for up to a week. Texas, Florida and California are known worldwide for their groves, but grapefruit originally came from Barbados where they were dubbed “the forbidden fruit”. Varieties of grapefruit include Ruby Red, Star Ruby, and Pink, among others. Although grapefruit is available all through the year, they are in season and at their very best in taste and juiciness from winter through early spring.

A 2006 study that compared men who consumed lycopene-rich foods the most with those who consumed the least, the men who consumed the most were found to be 82 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Another study indicates that eating grapefruit can lower the risk of developing kidney stones. Limonin, another phytonutrient, suppresses cancerous cell and tumor growth. The pectin in grapefruits stops hardening of the arteries and lowers the LDL or “bad” cholesterol, in fact reducing it dramatically in a matter of days in even low amounts. And the flavonoid naringinen, inhibits hepatitis C virus, repairs DNA in prostate cancer cells and may prevent dyslipidemia (high blood cholesterol) and diabetes.

Be aware that consuming grapefruit may, in rare cases, interfere with certain prescription and over-the-counter medications. Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional as to whether or not grapefruit consumption could interfere with your medications.

21 Powerful Reasons to Eat Grapefruit

  • rich in vitamin C
  • supports the immune system
  • reduces cold symptoms
  • rich in lycopene found only in pink & red grapefruit
  • fights oxygen free radicals
  • reduces prostate cancer risk
  • phytonutrients called limonoids inhibit tumor formation by promoting the formation of glutathione-S-transferase
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-parasitic
  • lowers cholesterol
  • prevents kidney stones
  • protection against lung & colon cancer
  • grapefruit’s naringenin (a molecule) repairs DNA
  • provides good levels of vitamin A
  • high in enzymes that burn fats
  • contains salicylic acid that helps break down the body’s inorganic calcium
  • boosts liver function
  • low in calories
  • rich in potassium
  • protects against lung and colon cancer

reasons to eat grapefruit

More Research: Reasons to Eat Grapefruit

A study on the effects of grapefruit on insulin resistance, body weight, and metabolic syndrome involved 91 obese patients in groups consuming placebos, apple juice, grapefruit juice, grapefruit capsules, or fresh grapefruit. Over twelve weeks the fresh grapefruit group lost much more weight than the placebo group. Half of a fresh grapefruit eaten before meals also was associated with significant weight loss, improved insulin resistance, and a reduction in two-hour post-glucose insulin level. Researchers concluded that, while the mechanism of the weight loss was unknown, eating grapefruit as part of a weight loss program was effective in losing some weight.

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Grapefruit, limonin, grapefruit pulp powder and the flavonoid naringen (similar to naringinen) were examined in another study for their abilities to subdue the proliferation of and programmed death of colon cancer cells. Results indicated that only untreated grapefruit and limonin suppressed carcinogens or raised the cancer cell-neutralizing index. Scientists concluded from these findings that eating grapefruit may help inhibit colon cancer development.

Nutritional Content of Grapefruit

An average half of a grapefruit is about 75 calories.

Fiber 2.5 g
Vitamin C 79.1 mg
Potassium 320 mg
Calcium 28 mg
Vitamin A 2132 UI
Sodium 3 mg
Folate 23 mcg
Protein 1.45 g

Pink Grapefruit, Avocado & Fennel Salad Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients

3 pink grapefruits, cut into segments(removing skin), saving the juice.*
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lime juice
2 ripe avocados, sliced
1 large fennel bulb, sliced thinly
1 small bunch mint leaves
Ground black pepper & Himalayan salt

Directions

In small bowl whisk the oil with the lime juice, grapefruit juice & some salt. Place sliced avocado in a bowl & pour some of the dressing over it, tossing it very gently. Now add fennel with the rest of the dressing then add the mint & sliced grapefruit & toss well. Season with black pepper & a little more salt according to taste.

*If you’re taking pharmaceutical drugs, check with your healthcare practitioner about consuming grapefruit juice.

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Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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