The Benefits of Grapefruit

GrapefruitHailing 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

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    grapefruit should not be eaten with anyone on a statin medications — for cholesterol lowering