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10 Amazing Reasons to Love (and Eat) Grapefruit

Grapefruit is rarely mentioned as a superfood extraordinaire.  Nutrition authors rarely give it a place on their top foods lists.  Few people even consider grapefruit for its health-promoting properties.  Yet, this humble citrus fruit deserves to take its rightful place among the superfood giants. Here are 10 health benefits of grapefruits and why you might want to add them to your daily diet:

HIGH IN VITAMIN C

Let’s start with the most obvious reason—grapefruit is high in immune-boosting vitamin C. Grapefruit’s vitamin C content also naturally boosts the body’s amount of glutathione, which helps to conquer the effects of stress and aging.

HIGH IN ANTIVIRAL PHYTONUTRIENTS

Grapefruit contains a group of phytonutrients called terpene limonoids which have been shown in many studies to have anti-cancer effects.  (Source: Phytozyme Cure). Terpene limonoids also help to give cold and flu viruses the boot and lower high cholesterol levels.

EXCELLENT WEIGHT LOSS FOOD

In one study at John Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle.

NATURAL ANTI-PAIN PROPERTIES

Grapefruit is a natural pain reliever, thanks to its natural aspirin content, salicylic acid.

CLEANS ARTERIAL BUILDUP

Grapefruit contains a special type of fiber, called pectin which binds to cholesterol and helps to remove arterial buildup.

ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES

Grapefruit is high in limonene that has natural anti-cancer properties, particularly against stomach and pancreatic cancer. You’ll need to add grapefruit zest to your foods since most of the limonene is found in grapefruit’s skin.

ANTIOXIDANT SOURCE

Grapefruit contains powerful antioxidants that help protect the body’s cells from damage.

FIBER SOURCE

As a source of fiber, grapefruit also helps keep you regular and promotes intestinal health.

LYCOPENE SOURCE

Pink grapefruit contains lycopene, which helps protect against bladder, cervical and pancreatic cancer.

HEALING SMELL

Regularly smelling the scent of grapefruit was shown to suppress weight gain, according to research published in Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Other research at the Department of Nursing at the Wonkwang Health Science College in Korea found that abdominal massage with specific essential oils, including grapefruit oil, reduced belly fat in post-menopausal women. The women who used the grapefruit-lemon-cypress oil blend had significantly less abdominal fat at the end of the study. Their waist measurements dropped significantly compared to the control group.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/14-amazing-reasons-to-love-and-eat-grapefruit.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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