The Wonders of the Grapefruit

May 22, 2010 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

What would you get if you allowed an orange and a pomelo to spend quality time alone together in Barbados during the mid-eighteenth century?  A beautiful, delicious, and powerfully healing fruit… Grapefruit!

Named “grapefruit” due to its tendency to grow in clusters just like grapes, each innocent-looking grapefruit contains numerous potent healing properties – not to mention an addictive blend of tart and sweet tastes in every bite.

Healing for your heart:

As grapefruit is high in the fiber pectin (just like apples, carrots and peaches!), it can help lower unhealthy levels of cholesterol, which in turn helps to prevent heart disease.  Grapefruit also contains good amounts of the antioxidant lycopene (the darker red the grapefruit, the higher the lycopene levels), which has been shown to assist in protecting against cancer, macular degeneration, and… heart disease!  As heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, we consider these qualities of grapefruit to be rather fabulous.

Good for your hematocrit levels (what?!):

Hematocrit levels is a fancy way of saying the percentage of red blood cells per volume of blood.  Studies have shown that eating grapefruit can help normalize hematocrit levels – in other words, if you have too many red blood cells per volume of blood, eating grapefruit is likely to reduce the red blood cells; and if you have too few, grapefruit will make its mission increasing your red blood cells.  The studies have also shown that if your hematocrit levels are perfect, the magical grapefruit will just leave them alone.  Mighty clever, yes?  This healing quality is most likely attributable to the flavanoid naringin in grapefruit (which is also largely responsible for grapefruit’s charmingly bitter taste).

Other fun facts about grapefruit:

  • Good source of potassium, vitamin C and folic acid.
  • Contains the healing phytochemicals liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates.
  • Glucarates may help protect against breast cancer by helping the body remove excess estrogen.

In general, grapefruit is a delectable treat for your palate and your health – low in calories and extremely nutrient dense!  Here is a cute and informative video by Freshtopia about this wondrous fruit:

Happy Citrus Eating!

Lara

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