The world’s largest grapefruit growing region is considered as Florida. Grapefruits vary in hue from white or yellow to pink and red. They can range in taste from very acidic and even bitter to sweet and sugary. Here, we have listed the various benefits of this fruit.
Grapefruit is also known as Chakotra in Hindi. Benefits of grapefruits include heart health, anti-cancer, increase metabolism, lowering insulin levels, etc. They even help in fighting the conditions such as fever, malaria, fatigue, diabetes, constipation, urinary problems, etc. Grapefruits contain several nutrients and vitamins including lycopene, potassium, calcium, sugar and phosphorus. Let have a look at the following benefits of grapefruits.
- Weight loss: As per many studies, people eating half a fresh grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice before each meal lose more weight than people who do not. This is because grapefruits contain 92% of water making them one of the highest water contents of any fruits. It is one of the great fruit to boost your intake of high nutrient as well as low calorie foods.
- Stroke: As per the American Heart Association, eating grapefruits may lower ischemic stroke risk in women.
- Suppresses appetite: The grapefruits contain fiber in a high amount. This helps to satisfy hunger and help people avoid the temptation to overeat. Grapefruits are one of the bulky foods which stimulate cholecystokinin to be released. Cholecystokinin is a hormone that regulates digestive juices and acts as a hunger suppressant.
- Boost immune system: Grapefruits contain vitamin C which has antioxidant properties and helps in protecting cells from harmful bacteria and viruses. As per some studies, vitamin C is also beneficial in recovering from the common cold more quickly. Grapefruits also consist of many other vitamins and minerals which boost immune system.
- Insulin resistance and diabetes: Consumption of grapefruits regularly can help in prevention of insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that regulates many processes in the body and its resistance occurs when the cells stop responding to insulin. Grapefruits may help in controlling insulin levels. As per one study, subjects who ate half of a fresh grapefruit before meals experienced a significant reduction in both insulin levels and insulin resistance as compared to the group that didn’t eat grapefruits.
- Heart health: Regular consumption of grapefruits improves heart health. It also reduces risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and cholesterol. As per one study, people who ate grapefruit three times daily for 6 weeks experienced a significant reduction in blood pressure over the course of the study. They even showed improvements in total cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol levels. This is because grapefruits contain many nutrients and minerals such as potassium which is responsible for many aspects of heart health. Potassium also helps to maintain blood pressure. Even the fiber present in grapefruits helps in maintaining heart health.
- Anti-cancer: Grapefruits contain enough flavonoids which help the body in fighting infections and keeping the body free from carcinogens that can lead to cancer. They also contain pectin in a high amount which helps in protecting the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure to toxic substance in the colon. Grapefruit juice kills the cancer cells and promotes the production of healthy colon cells thereby preventing colon cancer. Vitamin A in grapefruits also helps in protecting against lung and oral cancer.
- Skin health: Vitamin C in grapefruits helps in fighting skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. It also reduces the wrinkles as well as improves the overall skin texture. Hydration and vitamin A are also vital for healthy looking skin, both of which are provide by grapefruits.
- Improved digestion: Grapefruits improves the flow of digestive juices. This eases the movement of the bowels and keeps your excretory system regulated. This is due to the presence of fiber and vegetative pulp in grapefruits. They add bulk to the bowels and regulate the excretory schedule.
- Risk of kidney stones: When the waste materials crystallize in the kidneys, they become stones. They may cause blockage in the urinary system, which can be incredibly painful. Grapefruits contain citric acid, which helps in preventing them by binding with calcium in the kidneys and flushing them out of the body.
- Eye health: Grapefruits in pink or red colour possesses high amount of beta carotene, which is necessary in keeping eyes healthy and improving the vision. Grapefruits fight the ravages of eye strain and ageing. Vitamin A and antioxidants like naringenin and naringin found in grapefruits are also a wealthy source of lycopene, beta carotene, lutein and xanthin. These anti-oxidants are good for vision.
- Preventing asthma: Vitamin C found in grapefruits and vegetables reduces the risk for developing asthma. As per many studies, vitamin C lessens the respiratory issues and prevents asthma.
- Arthritis treatment: Grapefruits contain salicylic acid that helps to break down the body’s calcium, which builds up the cartilage of joint paints which may lead to arthritis.