The round shaped subtropical fruit called as grapefruit is generally well known for its bitter and sour taste. Originated from Barbados, the cultivation of grapefruit spread across the entire world- from China to United States of America. It has a tough skinned outer shell and the inside can be red, white or pink in color. Grapefruit is very enriched with vitamin A, carotene and lycopene. It can provide us with many health benefits and disease healing qualities that it is called the ‘fruit of heaven.’ Grapefruit is fully packed with flavonoids, terpenes,limonoids and lycopene folate. It is also a rich source of potassium, manganese and fiber along with a large amount of vitamin B, riboflavin, pyridoxine and thiamine. Packed with all of these healthy ingredients, grapefruit can provide us some amazing health benefits. Some of them are as follows:
1) Weight Crusher
Grapefruit is a great food that can help us to lose our weight. There are only 42 calories in 10 grams of grapefruit. The fiber present in grapefruit will give your stomach a feeling of fullness. Thus, it will please your appetite and maintain your calorie intake which will help you to reduce your weight. Again, eating grapefruit will allow your body to prevent the absorption of unhealthy carbohydrates. It will also burn the excess amounts of the fats in your body which will reduce some of your weight.
2) Anti Cancer Property
Grapefruit prevents the toxic substances to reach in the colon by the high amount of pectin it contains. Colon cancer can be prevented by drinking only 6 ounces of grapefruit regularly. It also improves the production of helpful colon cells. The vitamin A present in grapefruit protects us from lung cancer and oral cancer. Grapefruit has a carotenoid named Lycopene that decrease and demolishes the free radicals which causetumour.
3) Better Eyesight
Having a grapefruit a day can improve your eyesight. Grapefruit is a strong fighter against eye strain. Vitamin A and compounds called narnigenin and narnigin provides the retina a good amount of lycopene, beta carotene, xanthin and lutein. By enriching the amount of beta carotene and lutein in our retina, grapefruit helps us to improve our vision. It also develops our night vision as well.
4) Prevents arthritis:
The cartilage of joints in our bone can lead us to arthritis. Grapefruit is packed with salicylic acid that helps to build calcium in our bone. The sufficient production of calcium can protect us from having arthritis.
5) Prevents infection:
The flavonoids present in grapefruit makes it a strong agent that fight against infections. Regular consumption of grapefruit can build a shield around us that can prevent cardiovascular disease.
6) Cholesterol reducer:
Consuming grapefruit regularly can lower the cholesterol level. Apart from improving glucose levels, it reduces LDL cholesterol also known as the harmful cholesterol. By reducing LDL cholesterol it lowers the possibility of cardiovascular disease.
7) Liver cleansing:
There is a prominentnumber of phytonutrient called limonoids present in grapefruit that help to clear out toxic elements from our liver. Limonoids makes the toxic components of our body more soluble in water and helps them to flush out from our body with the urination process. The narnigen of grapefruit burns the fat in the liver and makes it healthy.
8) Cures respiratory problems:
Vitamin C is necessary component to fight against common cold related respiratory problems and asthma. Grapefruit is enriched with vitamin C that can help us to fight against respiratory problems like asthma. It can also cure chronic cough, bad breath and rapid flow of fluids in the nose.
9) Reduces the risk of kidney stone:
Drinking one liter of grapefruit juice everyday can reduce the risk of kidney stone. It increases the pH level in urine and charge the extraction rate of citric acid. This helps to prevent any kind of stone formation in the kidney.
10) Skin care:
The mask made of grapefruit can improve the condition of our skin. The vitamin A and C present in grapefruit provides antioxidants that keep our skin fair and clean by preventing from damages caused by pollution or harmful UV sunrays. It also boosts the production of skin collagen that makes our skin soft. Grapefruit has also anti ageing effect. The potassium in grapefruit removes wrinkles and the signs of ageing from our skin.
11) Hair care:
Grapefuite provides vitamin C which can reduce the hair fall. Applying a paste made of grapefruit in hair for 10-15 minutes and washing it off after with shampoo and likewarm water can remove dandruff and the itchy scalp problems. It thus, helps to decrease the follicles debris and promotes hair growth.