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Grapefruit health benefits

The grapefruit , which is also called grapefruit, is belonging to the hybrid fruit group, ie fruits that have been conceived from the union of other different fruits. Although it is not extremely popular in the country, it is very easy to find in Brazilian supermarkets and fruits and vegetables.

Although many people believe that grapefruit and orange are the same thing, this is not true.

Grapefruit fruit is a kind of fruit that was conceived from the union of orange and grapefruit seeds, being, therefore, a food rich in vitamins and minerals and very nutritious. As a result, it is possible to point out a series of health benefits of grapefruit.

Check out below everything about grapefruit, health benefits and various other information about this fruit.

GRAPEFRUIT AND ORANGE: DIFFERENCES

Despite being similar, grapefruit and orange are very different fruits.

Unlike orange, which has no contraindications, grapefruit can be dangerous for people who are undergoing medical treatments with certain drugs, because the fruit can block their action.

Therefore, before consuming the fruit, if you are taking any medication, it is important to consult your doctor.

Also, unlike oranges, this fruit has a reddish-colored flesh and a textured, yellow skin, and the size of the grapefruit is much larger than what we normally see in oranges.

GRAPEFRUIT BENEFITS

Regarding the consumption of grapefruit, health benefits can be pointed out, due to its composition, which is rich in the following minerals and vitamins:

  • Vitamin A;
  • B-complex vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6);
  • Vitamin C;
  • Vitamin E;
  • Fibers;
  • Phosphor;
  • Potassium;
  • Calcium;
  • Lycopene;

All these substances present in the composition of the grapefruit fruit are responsible for preventing and also helping to treat various diseases that can be harmful to your health.

1.Helps to lose weight

Grapefruit is very rich in fiber, so it is often present in the diet of those looking to lose weight.

This is because the presence of these fibers increases the feeling of satiety and helps reduce appetite, which makes the person consume fewer calories throughout the day.

In addition, the high amount of fiber also helps to regulate bowel functions, whose proper functioning is also very important during the healthy weight loss process.

And there’s more: consumption of the fruit also stimulates the body’s production of cholecystokinin. This hormone is responsible for regulating the production of gastric juice and also acts as an efficient appetite suppressant, which is another reason for those who want to lose weight to include grapefruit in their diet.

2.Helps to fight the flu

Grapefruit fruit, due to its composition, helps to reduce the acidity of the immune system, being one of the most suitable fruits for combating and preventing flu.

This is because, among the components of the fruit, there is a powerful antioxidant called Naringin, which is a flavonoid with strong antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

In addition, it also has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes the immune system to be strengthened, in order to make the body more protected against the flu and also against several other diseases.

3. It helps in the treatment of malaria

The giant grapefruit has in its composition an important alkaloid, called quinine, which is considered an excellent natural remedy against malaria.

And not just against malaria, this alkaloid also acts as an aid in the treatment of other serious health conditions, such as lupus, arthritis and night-time cramps in the lower limbs.

The importance of this fruit for the acquisition of this nutrient is quite relevant, since quinine is hardly found in other foods.

4.Helps relieve fever

In addition to acting for a better condition of the immune system, the fruit also helps to prevent fevers.

In addition, it can be used to lower fever and relieve the burning sensation in the body that occurs when fever sets in.

The benefits of this fruit in terms of improving fever are caused by its high concentration of Vitamin C that is present in its composition.

This same factor is also responsible for helping to hydrate the body and maintain thirst, in addition to acting positively in improving the body’s immunity.

5. Helps fight fatigue

Nookatone, a rare and extremely important compound for the human body, is one of the components found in the composition of grapefruit.

This compound is responsible for the pleasant aroma that the fruit gives off and also for acting on an improvement in the functioning of energy metabolism in the human body.

This is because nookatone acts to activate AMPK. This means that by including fruit in your diet, you will be able to count on more stamina and more energy for your daily life.

The compound reduces fatigue and excessive tiredness that can overtake you at the end of the day.

6.Helps in the food digestion process

Due to the high concentration of fiber and vegetable cellulose in its composition, the fruit acts in the production of gastric juice, improving its flow within the digestive tract.

In this way, consumption helps make bowel movement easier, in addition to regulating the functioning of the excretory system.

This means that those who eat grapefruit on a regular basis can avoid several problems related to the digestion of food, such as stomach irritation, constipation and excessive gas.

7. Helps to fight insomnia

The fruit concentrates in its composition a good amount of trypophan, which makes the grapefruit become a very useful food to fight insomnia.

Trypophan is a substance known to generate the famous feeling of drowsiness right after a big meal, and because of this property, it can help you sleep better at night and face the challenges of the next day more willingly.

Consuming a serving of fruit at night, a few hours before bed, stimulates the body’s production of trypophan and can help fight insomnia.

8. Can be used to control diabetes

Doctors and specialists often recommend the consumption of grapefruit for patients diagnosed with diabetes.

This is because grapefruit is a fruit that works to reduce starch levels in the body.

In addition, the fruit also acts by helping to regulate the flow of sugars in the body, which is a more than positive point for controlling the evolution of diabetes, preventing the disease from getting worse.

The fruit is also indicated for those who are predisposed to the development of diabetes, as in the case of those who have family members with the disease.

9.Helps prevent urinary tract infections

Because it is rich in vitamin C in its composition, as well as because it contains important minerals such as potassium, grapefruit can also be used in the prevention and treatment of a series of complications in the liver and kidneys.

As a result, a diet that includes the fruit helps to prevent urinary tract infections, which are very common in the female population, especially in the case of pregnant women.

So, if you often have urinary tract infections, including grapefruit in your diet can help you get relief from the symptoms and discomforts it causes, in addition to reducing the recurrence of the condition.

10. Acts to protect the heart

Potassium, which is found in the composition of grapefruit, is responsible for keeping the heart healthy, as the mineral has an important vasodilating action.

This means that it works in the body to relax blood vessels and arteries, which can promote reduction in blood pressure and the prevention of cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack and stroke.

GRAPEFRUIT RECIPE

GRAPEFRUIT CANDY

To make the candy you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 grapefruits (about 1.5 kg each)
  • water
  • 4 cups of sugar tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • lemon rinds

To make the recipe, follow the steps below:

  • Wash the grapefruits and simmer them for about 2 hours;
  • Allow the fruits to cool, preferably overnight;
  • Cut the fruit in half, remove the juice and separate the stalk from the skin;
  • Heat the juice and sugar;
  • Add the skins until boiling;
  • Turn it off and let it sit overnight;
  • Boil again to the point of yarn;
  • Remove from heat, allow to cool and serve;

In today’s article you learned about the health benefits of grapefruit, as well as several other relevant information about this fruit.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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