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When talking about the need to consume citrus fruits as part of health reinforcement, oranges, mandarins, or at most, lemons in tea are usually mentioned. Meanwhile, grapefruits are in no way inferior to them in healthy properties. The beneficial properties of grapefruit are very high, as it is rich in lots of vitamins. That is why it is often referred to as a dietary product.
And indeed, 100 grams of this fruit replenish the body's reserves by 59 percent in vitamin C, calcium two percent, magnesium three percent, and potassium nine precent. As for the taste, those who enjoy grapefruits are hampered by their obligatory bitterness, we recommend eating fresh without the peel.
Grapefruits Contain a Lot of Water
Grapefruits contain 88 percent of pure water, which makes it one of the coolest fruits in terms of hydration. Given that water is necessary for the normal course of all processes in the body in general, including metabolic function, it does not seem surprising that grapefruits have a reputation for being a dietary fruit. Can't drink two liters of water a day? There is a new solution!
Lowers Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
Antioxidants, as is known, are needed not only to combat oxidative stress, but also for the health and function of the heart and blood vessels. And there are plenty of them in grapefruits. A study conducted in 2006, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, found that people who regularly ate grapefruits had healthy cholesterol levels, and normal blood pressure. Which, by the way, can be associated not only with antioxidants, but also with the presence of potassium in grapefruits.
Reduces the Risk of Stroke
The American Heart Association says that consuming grapefruits, as with other citrus fruits, reduces the risk of stroke in women. A study on this topic, published in 2012 in the journal Stroke, showed that women who ate citrus fruits almost every day had an impressive 19 percent lower risk of developing a stroke in the future. It seems that these fruits have never been so attractive.
Improves Skin Condition
High-quality care, and adequate amount of sleep are important components of skin care. But the diet, however, should also not be forgotten. Although water does not seem to improve the skin, adding grapefruits to your diet can.
Studies show that the antioxidants found in large quantities in these fruits do an excellent job with free radicals that cause aging of the skin. Every dermatologist will confirm this fact. A couple of grapefruits a week—and your face will be perfect.
Strengthens the Immune System
Grapefruit is a real immunomodulator, which contains large amounts of Vitamin C, that is able to protect cells against bacteria and viruses. Some studies show that vitamin C may also slightly reduce the time of recovery from a cold (although we would not count on it). But these fruit contain other vitamins and nutrients that our immune system needs, including Vitamin A, which is effective against inflammation.
Grapefruits Are Rich in Fiber and Glycosides
Glycosides give grapefruits a bitter taste. Also, they are involved in the regulation of various physiological processes in our body: they improve digestion, the activity of the cardiovascular system, promote the production of bile, prevent the development of atherosclerosis, etc.
Grapefruits contain antioxidants such as naringenin, they improve insulin sensitivity, and help maintain a healthy weight. Scientists have found that naringenin stimulates the liver to burn fat, and not to store it. It has also been found that grapefruits help reduce insulin levels as effectively as metformin.
Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
Thanks to antioxidants and potassium, grapefruits help to maintain vascular dilatation, modulates blood sugar levels, stimulates weight loss, and also lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It all works to protect the heart.