Hailing from the sunny Caribbean, grapefruit is a popular and delicious breakfast or anytime delight. And now is a great time to enjoy it, because February is National Grapefruit Month. Here are some of the health benefits of grapefruit:
- Grapefruit is rich in the soluble fiber pectin, which can help you control your cholesterol.
- The cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene is found in abundance in red grapefruit.
- Grapefruit is a common and delicious way to reduce fever and alleviate flu symptoms. The natural quinine also treats malaria.
- A grapefruit a day helps relieve symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
- The fat-burning properties of grapefruit make it great to help you lose weight. In addition, the smell of grapefruit can reduce hunger.
- Grapefruit supplies your body with vitamin A, which maintains healthy skin and has been shown to help prevent lung cancer.
- At bedtime, try grapefruit juice to help relieve insomnia.
- Flavonoid antioxidants such as naringenin, essential for good vision, are found in grapefruit.
- Vitamin C is found in grapefruit and other citrus fruits. It helps boost your immune system and eliminate free radicals.
- Grapefruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins.
When shopping for grapefruit, look for sweet-smelling, brightly colored fruits that are heavy for their size and are wrinkle-free. Many medications interact with grapefruit, so talk to your doctor and make sure it’s safe. Grapefruit keeps up to three weeks in the refrigerator.
Charles Lieberman, MedexSupply blogger