Grapefruit is an undervalued super food, as it mostly makes our palates salivate and cheeks pucker at the very sight of its sour, bitter existence. But, this hybrid fruit, bred by the unity of a pomelo and an orange, offers a plethora of health benefits. Research shows that grapefruit can help strengthen the body’s immune system, boost metabolism, reduce kidney stones risk, fight gum disease, protect against certain cancers and reduce stress, according to an article published by Medical Daily. Listed below is a breakdown of this sour, but sometimes sweet, fruit.
Supports a healthy immune system. Grapefruit is bursting with vitamin C, which is a water-soluble vitamin that supports growth and development, forms an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels, heals wounds and forms scar tissue, and repairs and maintains cartilage, bones and teeth, according to Medline Plus.
Boosts metabolism. In a study published by the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers documented the diet of four control groups – 91 obese patients were randomized to either placebo capsules and 7 ounces of apple juice, grapefruit capsules with 7 ounces of apple juice, 8 ounces of grapefruit juice with placebo capsule or half of a fresh grapefruit with a placebo capsule three times a day before each meal. After 12 weeks, the fresh grapefruit group had lost an average of 3.5 pounds, the grapefruit juice group had lost an average of 3.3 pounds, the grapefruit capsule group had lost an average of 2.4 pounds and the placebo group had lost just over half a pound. The fresh grapefruit group lost significantly more weight than the placebo group, according to an abstract published by PubMed.gov. Grapefruit contains a compound that can lower insulin, a fat-storage hormone, which helps lead to weight loss. The citrus also acts as a good source of protein and, because it’s 90 percent water, can be a filling snack.
Lowers cancer risk. Grapefruit is packed with limonoids, beneficial phytonutrients that “help control the activity of genes in cancer cells, activating genes that promote cancer cell death,” according to Livestrong.com.
Smooths rough skin and helps clear skin. The fruit’s vitamin C (a mild acid) can help fade spots by reducing excess production of skin pigment, according to an article published by Health.com. Cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle sugar and exfoliate knees, elbows and other dry body parts. Vitamin C also helps produce healthy collagen, which helps keep skin plump and smooth.
Try incorporating this super fruit into your family’s diet this spring. Grapefruit can add zing to any breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re looking to encourage your senior parent to start eating healthy, fresh foods, suggest that they incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet. If your parent struggles with healthy cooking and grocery shopping and relies heavily on frozen, processed meals, call Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside. Our trained caregivers can provide healthy meals for your loved one from start to finish. From grocery shopping to meal preparation to cleanup, our caregivers can ensure that your parent eats a balanced, nutrient-packed diet.
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