Health Benefits of Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a subtropical fruit which used to be only grown as an ornamental plant but is now among the most popular citrus fruits. They come in beautiful shades of white, pink and red with flavors that range from highly acidic to a bit bitter to sweet and tart.

Grapefruits, especially the red and pink varieties, are considered as one of the most nutritious fruits. One cup (230 grams) can provide the following nutrients and health benefits:


Vitamin C – 120%

1.       Promotes fast healing of wounds
A basket of grapefruit is one of the perfect gifts to a loved one who has recently given birth or had an operation. Grapefruit is brimming with vitamin C, which helps form collagen, the protein which provides strength and elasticity to the skin and helps promote faster wound healing.

2.       Clears up UTI
How does this pomelo relative help prevent or clear up urinary tract infection? Vitamin C helps acidify the urine helping prevent the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract. Grapefruit is also one of the fruits highest in water content.

3.       Maintains healthy teeth and gums
Prevent loose teeth and bleeding gums by having a high intake of vitamin C fruits and that include all citrus fruits like grapefruit.

4.       Wards off colds and flu
When talk is about immune boosters, Vitamin C is king. It increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies and raises levels of interferon, the antibody that covers cell surfaces, preventing the entry of bacteria and viruses.

5.       Lowers risk of heart disease
Vitamin C is also an ally in the quest to keep the heart healthy.  It increases levels of good cholesterol while regulating blood pressure and interrupting the process by which fat is formed into plaque in the arteries.


Vitamin A – 53%

6.       Promotes good eyesight
Vitamin A is best known for its role in promoting healthy vision and 1 cup of grapefruit can provide half of the DV of this important nutrient.

7.       Anti-wrinkles
A balance diet is very important for skin health. If your skin is dry and dull you may be deficient in Vitamin A, which helps control skin keratinization.


Fiber – 15%

8.       Aids in weight loss
Need help with weight loss? Make sure to consume high-fiber produce daily. Most high fiber foods need more chewing time so you’re less likely to overeat. You’ll also stay full for a longer time as the food tends to make the meal stay longer in the stomach.

9.       Prevents constipation
If you’re one of those people who are conscious of their fiber intake, constipation is most likely not a problem for you. Fiber softens stools making it easier to pass.

10.   Helps regulate blood sugar levels
Fiber-rich diet has been linked with a lowered risk of developing type-2 diabetes and grapefruit is a good source of fiber.

Nutrient data source: USDA

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