The Health Benefits of Grapefruit

Today I wanted to share with you the health benefits of grapefruit.  A few years ago there was this grapefruit diet going around that people said worked, but going on fad diets and trends never work. IMG_20140330_134014_122 They may work for a while, but in the long run they don’t last.

Grapefruit isn’t something I eat that often, but I do enjoy a grapefruit every now and then.

Thanks to Organicfacts.net for the information provided below.  As always it is much appreciated.

1.  Grapefruit works as an excellent appetite suppressant as compared to many other substances and foods.  It is said that the smell of grapefruit reduces the feeling hunger, which is the why people often include grapefruit in their weight loss programs.  The high amounts of fiber contained in grapefruit can also satisfy hunger and help people avoid the temptation to overeat, since it is a bulky food, and stimulates cholecystokinin to be released, which is a hormone that regulates digestive juices and acts as a hunger suppressant.

2.  Grapefruit is a valuable remedy for influenza, since it helps to minimize acidity in the system.  The bitter properties arising from an essence call naringin in grapefruits tones up the system and the digestive process.  Naringin is also considered a flavonoid, which are powerful antioxidant sources in a healthy diet.  They also have antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory qualities, making them the most important lines of defense in the immune system, protesting against influenza as well as many other serious conditions.

3.  Grapefruit can help fight malaria, lupus, arthritis, and nocturnal leg cramps.  Grapefruits contain natural quinine.  Quinine is an alkaloid and is not an easy thing to find in many foods so grapefruit is a rare and good way to get natural quinine in your diet.

4.  The pulp or juice from grapefruits helps people recover from fevers and it helps to reduce the burning sensation the body can experience from becoming overheated.  Grapefruit is also known to help boost the immune system.  Grapefruit juice, when combined with water, can quench thirst quickly and keep you hydrated longer.

5.  Grapefruits are beneficial in fighting fatigue.

6.  Grapefruit can help fight indigestion.  Grapefruit improves the flow of digestive juices, which eases the movement of the bowels and keeps your excretory system regulated. 

7.  A glass of grapefruit juice before bed can help promote sleep and alleviate the symptoms of insomnia.

8.  Diabetic patients can safely eat grapefruit, because consuming grapefruit can reduce the level of starch in the body.  If a patient is diabetic, intake of grapefruit can help them to regulate the flow of sugar in their bodies, effectively handling the disease.  Recent studies have shown this beneficial relationship between diabetes and grapefruits to be due to the flavonoid content of grapefruits, along with a number of other healthy benefits from those compounds.

9.  A glass full of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice can help with constipation.

As you can see grapefruits are very healthy for you.  I would encourage you to pick a couple up the next time you are at the store.

Here are a couple of recipes using grapefruit.

Caribbean Chicken

Mango, Orange, Grapefruit, Avocado, Pistachio Salad

 

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