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.
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.
Grapefruit contains powerful antioxidants that help protect the body’s cells from damage.
As a source of fiber, grapefruit also helps keep you regular and promotes intestinal health.
Pink grapefruit contains lycopene, which helps protect against bladder, cervical and pancreatic cancer.
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.