Fast great health in a drink ~ grapefruit juice
We love grapefruit. It is an excellent source of many nutrients and phytochemicals and therefore is a superb source of good health. People on medication though, need to beware as it can have a number of adverse interactions with drugs*.
Grapefruit is an 18th century hybrid, the result of natural cross-breeding between a pomelo and sweet orange. The health benefits of grapefruits are numerous plus they are very low in calories and rich in dietary insoluble fiber.
High amounts of vitamin C, and smaller amounts of vitamins A, B complex, E & K, and larger amounts of calcium, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, and potassium are all found in this juicy fruit. Nutritive phytonutrients: liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates, help fight cancer and various diseases. Red grapefruits are especially rich in the most powerful flavonoid antioxidant, lycopene. Studies have shown that lycopene protects skin damage from UV rays and offers protection against prostate cancer.
For preventing cancer: When eating or juicing grapefruit leave as much of the albedo (white layer between the skin and fruit) intact as it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. The anti-cancer properties in grapefruit (particularly the albedo) are particularly protective against stomach and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that the bioflavonoids found in grapefruit halt cancer cells from spreading in breast cancer patients, by ridding the body of excess estrogen.
For Diabetics: Diabetics can safely eat grapefruit. Consumption of this fruit helps reduce starches and sweets in the body. If you have a tendency towards diabetes, consume more grapefruit juice to prevent it.
For Insomniacs: Drinking grapefruit juice before bedtime, helps to promote sleep and alleviates insomnia.
For Pregnancy: Bioflavonoids and vitamin C help to reduce water retention and swelling of the legs during pregnancy.
Drink a glass of grapefruit juice with lemon juice in equal parts with a little honey, to get rid of all fatigue and tiredness.
Grapefruits are also associated with diets for good reasons:
Fat, cholesterol and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form plaques, causing arteries to narrow and become less flexible ~ making it harder for blood to flow (called atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis). The pectin in grapefruit is effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and the vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries. So eating grapefruit is very effective in preventing heart attacks and also helps reduce the excessive production of cholesterol from the liver.
Grapefruit has a fat-burning enzyme that helps to absorb and reduce starch and sugar in the body. It is therefore widely consumed by people who are trying to lose weight. If you are trying to lose weight, take a glass of grapefruit juice twice a day, eat mainly fruits and veggies, and try eating smaller portions.
*Grapefruit contains high levels of flavonoid naringin that will reject synthetic man-made drugs. The presence of grapefruits may halt the metabolism of some synthetic drugs, leaving the drugs in your body creating the risk of toxic poisoning. Doctors may tell you that grapefruit is the cause of the toxicity, but in fact, it is really the drugs that is causing the toxicity.
If you are not under medication, grapefruit juice can do a world of good. However, despite all its goodness, always remember to take only in moderation. Excessive consumption of any citrus juices can leach calcium from the body system, causing decay of the bones and teeth.