Grapefruit

Although I have always liked grapefruits, I really fell in love with them when we went to my grandparents place in Phoenix one winter. We picked them right from a tree in their yard and ate them for breakfast and they were seriously unbelievable. I don’t think I’ve had one that good since, but needles to say, I still love incorporating them into my diet because of their amazing taste and numerous benefits!

They are low in calories and are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and many other vitamins and minerals. They are especially high in fiber, vitamin A and C, as well as potassium. I love to eat grapefruits on their own, however, they can easily be added to salads or smoothies.

Benefits:

  • Can help promote weight loss and can help speed up the breakdown of fat. They are not only low in calories, but they have a natural fat-burning enzyme and can help to absorb and reduce the amount of starch and sugar in the body.
  •  Aids in digestion because if their high water and fiber content, which helps to promote healthy colon function and prevent constipation.
  • They are packed with bioflavonoids that help boost the immune system.
  • Their high antioxidant content, especially vitamin C, is crucial in the formation of collagen and therefore helps to fight skin damage, reduce wrinkles, and improve overall texture.
  • Grapefruits are particularly good for the cardiovascular system because its nutrients work to protect the arteries. The pectin content actually helps lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure. Pectin is also known to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.
  • The potassium content can also help to lower blood pressure, as potassium neutralizes the negative effects of sodium.
  • They are a natural anti-inflammatory and are good for people with chest congestion, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory disorders.
  • When applied topically, grapefruit can reduce cellulite due to its high levels of anti-inflammatory and skin-cleansing agents.
  • Ideal fruit for people with diabetes, as they are low on the glycemic index and don’t cause rapid increases in blood sugar. 
  • The bioflavonoids and vitamin C can actually help reduce swelling and water retention during pregnancy.
  • Grapefruits are over 90% water and are therefore extremely hydrating and full of electrolytes.
  • The aromatherapies of citrus fruits are known to help increase energy and vitality!
  • Although grapefruits taste acidic, its juice actually has an alkaline reaction after digestion, which helps put good bacteria into the intestines and is very beneficial for the digestive tract.
  • Grapefruits can help promote sleep and alleviate insomnia