Grapefruit Healthy and Zesty

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Today I thought I would introduce a snippet from my upcoming book.  I believe very strongly that food is medicine so the more natural and unprocessed you eat the better your health will be.

“Grapefruit, a bathin’ suit, chew a little Juicy Fruit, wash away the night”

Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit by Jimmy Buffet

My hero Mr Jimmy Buffet knew what he was talking about when he wrote these lyrics!  Grapefruit is a great cure for hangovers.  According to grapefruit cleanses refreshes and repairs the liver and the Vitamin C content detoxifies.

Vitamin C and Antioxidant Actions of Grapefruit 

 In studies by researchers at Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland, it was discovered that grapefruit seed extract or GSE was beneficial in the treatment of stomach ulcers.  The antioxidant properties actually help maintain digestive health.

The antioxidant Naringenin is found in grapefruit and other citrus fruit.  Naringenin is the compound that gives grapefruit its bitter flavour.  It also helps the liver break down fatty acids.  It lowers lipids, which means that it may be useful in treating type2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  Metabolic syndrome includes elevated insulin levels and high blood pressure.

Researchers at Hebrew University claim that Naringenin has a clear safety record and may even help to protect the liver itself.

According to a WEBMD article, one half pink grapefruit supplies 80% of your daily Vitamin C requirement.

Grapefruit and Skin

One added side benefit of grapefruit is that due to its high levels of Vitamin A it is excellent for skin health.  The antioxidant properties fight free radical damage to healthy skin cells.  Healthy cells mean better hydration so less wrinkles and dryness.  Grapefruit also works to combat acne.  Pittman & Davis have a couple of acne treatments using grapefruit juice which is an excellent anti-bacterial. 

Vitamin A is also a must for people that are generally healthy but have dry eyes.  Of course taking a vitamin A supplement instead of drinking water is not a solution. However, taking a vitamin A supplement can mean the difference between having to use artificial tears in your eyes to keep them hydrated or not.

Grapefruit and Cancer

There are some studies which state that the lycopene in grapefruit  is showing some benefits of reducing the risk of prostate cancer dependent on the amount consumed.  This is the red grapefruit in particular.  In fact the American Institute for Cancer Research states that lycopene can help prevent DNA damage which can lead to cancer.

So is it worth including grapefruit in your diet?  You be the judge.  There are a number of cautions though.  Go to the Webmd link in this article to check them out.