5 reasons to add grapefruit to your day
Looking to boost your nutrition and fuel your body? Eat grapefruit.
Michelle Remkus, a registered dietitian at the Advocate Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Downers Grove, Ill., agrees a grapefruit is a nutritious fruit with so many health benefits.
“I think the greatest benefit of grapefruits is that they are a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamin C. The antioxidants in grapefruits prevent inflammation by stopping free radical damage,” says Remkus.
She adds that this helps with conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The high amount of vitamin C in a grapefruit supports a healthy immune system, keeping colds and flus at bay.
Vitamin C is also beneficial in promoting cardiovascular health. Remkus says, “When free radicals are oxidized, cholesterol and plaque can build up leading to heart attacks or stroke. By eating a grapefruit you are helping to keep your arteries clear and healthy.”
Here are five reasons she says why we should all consider adding this tangy-sweet fruit to your day:
- Lowers bad cholesterol. Grapefruit is packed with antioxidants, which lower cholesterol. However, if you are on prescription drugs, consult with your doctor before consuming grapefruits as they can increase the effects of some medications in the body.
- Boosts your metabolism. Grapefruit helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels and aids in burning fat. This is a great addition to your diet if you are looking to shed some pounds.
- Heals and firms your skin. The high volume of vitamin C in the fruit helps reduce excess skin pigment production. Rub it on your elbows and knees to heal and reduce dark spots. Vitamin C is also essential to collagen production, which is responsible for firm and healthy skin.
- Contains lycopene. This is a nutrient that has anti-tumor characteristics and helps fight free radicals, which damage cells. Lycopene is only found in pink and red grapefruit, not white.
- Grapefruit can be used as a natural alternative house cleaner. The acidic nature of the grapefruit means that it can spruce up bathroom fixtures (not to mention the delicious scent it leaves behind). Just dip the fruit rind in some salt and use it as an exfoliator. The acid dissolves dirt and grime buildup, and the salt scours and disinfects.
Remkus suggests incorporating grapefruit into your diet a few times a week to take advantage of these awesome health benefits. Turns out it’s a grapefruit a day that keeps the doctor away, so keep them close at hand for a healthy heart and body.
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