The grapefruit is a large citrus fruit related to the orange, lemon and pomelo. Grapefruits are categorized as white (blond), pink or ruby. However, this terminology doesn't reflect their skin color, which is either yellow or pinkish-yellow, but rather describes the color of their flesh.
Grapefruits usually range in diameter from four to six inches, with some varieties featuring seeds while others are seedless. The wonderful flavor of a grapefruit is like paradise, just as its Latin name Citrus paradisi connotes. It is juicy, tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness that weaves throughout.
Health Benefits of Grapefruit
- Acidity: Although grapefruit has a sub-acid taste, its
juice actually has an alkaline reaction after digestion. This has a profound
effect in the treatment of acidity in the digestive system that causes a
host of other health problems.
- Atherosclerosis: Pectin in this fruit has been found to
be effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and the
vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.
- Breast cancer: In another study, the bioflavonoids
found in grapefruit was discovered to even halt cancer cells from spreading
in breast cancer patients, by ridding the body of excess estrogen.
- Common cold: A common cold is usually your body telling
you that you are overworked. A regular drink of grapefruit during a
stressful period gives your immune system the boost needed to prevent it
- Cholesterol: A certain compound found in grapefruit
helps reduce the excessive production of cholesterol from the liver.
- Diabetes: A diabetic can safely eat a grapefruit. In
fact, more consumption of this fruit will help reduce the starches and
sweets in the system. If you have a tendency towards diabetes, consume more
grapefruit juice to prevent it.
- Digestive disorder: This juice helps to promote
digestion by increasing the flow of gastric juices. Eat the fruit together
with its rind for its extra fiber that aids bowel movements.
- Fatigue: At the end of a long and tiring day, drink a
glass of grapefruit juice with lemon juice in equal parts with a little
honey, to dispel all fatigue and tiredness.
- Fever: Besides drinking plenty of fluids, also drink
grapefruit juice to reduce fever.
- Insomnia: A drink of grapefruit juice before bedtime,
helps to promote sleep and alleviates insomnia.
- Pregnant woman: The bioflavonoids and vitamin C help to
reduce water retention and swelling of the legs during pregnancy.
- Sore throat: Drinking a freshly-squeezed grapefruit
juice helps relieve sore throats and soothes coughs.
- Stomach and pancreatic cancer: The anti-cancer agents
in grapefruit (especially in the rinds) are particularly protective against
these cancers in the digestive system.
- Weight-loss: This fruit has a fat-burning enzyme and
can help to absorb and reduce the starch and sugar in the body. It is widely
consumed by people who are trying to lose weight. If you don't fall under
the category of people mentioned below (look at "Caution" colum), then take
a glass of grapefruit juice twice a day and eat normally.