Learn more about the benefits of Grapefruit
Grapefruit is a fruit rich in enzymes, which help metabolize fat, has a high water content and is low in sodium. The combination of these three ingredients makes grapefruit the ideal fruit in aiding weight loss. Add this fruit or extract to your daily diet and you will notice a few pounds disappear.
Prevention of arthritis
The grapefruit contains salicylic acid, which aids in the breakdown of inorganic calcium, which accumulates in the articular cartilage and causes arthritis. If you have arthritis, drink half a glass of grapefruit juice with apple cider vinegar daily and you will notice a decrease in joint inflammation.
The grapefruit is rich in carotene, which is a powerful agent against cancer because it fights free radicals. Lycopene is potentiated due to the presence of vitamins A and C, also found in grapefruit. Another component, naringenin, assists in the repair of cellular DNA in patients with prostate cancer, and also prevents the reproduction of cancer cells.
The antioxidants found in grapefruit are very effective in lowering cholesterol levels. But if you are taking any type of cholesterol-lowering medication, do not eat grapefruit or drink its juice. The grapefruit reacts negatively when associated with medications prescribed for the treatment of high cholesterol, depression, allergies, antihypertensives, epilepsy, impotence, heart palpitation and even HIV. Always consult your physician before adding this fruit or its extract into your diet when taking any medicine.
In a controlled study group of patients with heart disease, scientists found that feeding some patients daily with grapefruit significantly reduced levels of cholesterol compared to patients who did not eat the grapefruit. Chronic high blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease.