Grapefruit has earned every bit of its superfood status, but many people do not realize how amazing this citrus fruit actually is! Grapefruits are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids, water, fiber, and other enzymes and compounds which work wonders for the body. Add a grapefruit to your diet to improve everything from your waistline to your wrinkle lines!
Grapefruit has a secret ingredient called naringin, a powerful flavonoid that helps burn fat. According to a study published by Advances in Nutrition, naringin has been proven beneficial for the treatment of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome. Naringin is so vital for weight loss that it is even harvested from grapefruit and made into weight-loss supplements. Not only does naringin aid in weight loss but it also has also been shown to reduce atherosclerosis, the build-up of fat cells in arteries.
One study published in Journal of Medicinal Food found that people who ate half a grapefruit before each meal lost significantly more weight than those who did not. Grapefruit is low in calories, loaded with fiber and water. Grapefruit also has a low sugar content, making it a great fruit choice for weight loss.
Grapefruit is loaded with micronutrients and flavonoids, which are compounds rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and lycopene, all powerful antioxidants. Eating a grapefruit provides the body with 120% of Vitamin C required for each day! It also contains potassium, a vital nutrient for heart health.
Drinking enough water is not the only way to stay hydrated; eat fruit to increase your water intake. A grapefruit has loads of nutrients and is 92% water-making; it one of the most hydrating fruits on the market. Enjoy a daily dose of grapefruit to stay hydrated (and decrease wrinkles).
Grapefruits have powerful nutrients which help improve and maintain a healthy heart. An article by American Heart Association New states that grapefruit’s high flavonoid content helps prevent strokes and heart disease. Grapefruit consumption has been shown to reduce “bad” cholesterol and increase “good” cholesterol. Another study published in Metabolism found that grapefruit can help lower blood pressure as well. Grapefruit is a great preventative measure for cardiovascular disease. But be careful…it can interfere with the absorption of some drugs, such as statins. As always, anyone with health issues and takes prescription medication, should check with their doctor about possible negative effects.
Beauty, Skin, and Anti-Aging
Vitamin C is one of the most important beauty supplements, according to Healthline, because it is imperative to collagen production. Collagen is the protein found in skin that makes it flexible and strong, i.e. wrinkle-free. One grapefruit, depending on size, has enough Vitamin C to meet your daily requirements and keep your skin looking young and supple.
Grapefruit can even help blast cellulite! Bromelaine, a powerful enzyme found in grapefruit, has been shown to “break down” cellulite stored in the body. Before trying the expensive creams and laser treatments, try eating more grapefruit!
There are so many ways to enjoy a grapefruit—cut it in half and scoop the sections out with a spoon, peel it, toss it in a salad, use the zest to spike your meal with naringin, or mix the juice in a cocktail. Whichever way you like it, get your daily dose and enjoy all the health benefits it offers!
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