Benefits of Grapefruit

Like some of you, when I first heard the name Grapefruit I thought it was just a more descriptive name for grapes but then I was even more baffled when I saw that the fruit did not match its name at all. Whoever named it must have been a giant, why? Because it does not look like a grape, and it is 5 times the size of a grape. It resembles an orange more and it is because it is a hybrid of sweet orange (a variant of the orange) and pomelo. 

Apart from it being a very tasty fruit like its ancestors, it has many useful benefits which help keep our body fit and healthy. It has a sweet and sour taste and it is one of the richest citrus fruits and is full of antioxidants, fibre and various other nutrients. Let’s see what those benefits are and how they can help us stay strong and live longer.

1. Helps Prevent Diabetes

Eating grapefruit can prevent insulin resistance and insulin resistance means when the cells in the body stop reacting to insulin, this results in diabetes. Insulin is a type of hormone which is responsible for regulating activities such as blood sugar and metabolism. 

Insulin resistance results in an increase in insulin levels in the body which subsequently increases the risk of diabetes, more prominently type 2 diabetes. Including grapefruit in your diet decreases the risk and helps prevent insulin resistance. 

2. Helps in Weight Loss 

Grapefruit is proven to be very useful in the process of weight loss. It is rich in fibre that indorses a feeling of fullness that further prevents calorie intake. It consists of very fewer calories and is abundant in water which makes it a useful food item to consume during the process of losing weight and avoiding obesity. 

3. Maintains Healthy Skin

Grapefruit contains vitamin C which is essential in the formation of collagen which is the fundamental ingredient in the maintenance of the skin. It protects the skin against the sun and prolongs the process of ageing. It also helps in increasing skin elasticity, increase the flow of blood to the skin and reduce visible wrinkles.

4. Helps Prevents Major Illness

Grapefruit is rich in antioxidants that avert the formation of radicals that can contribute to the formation of cancer in the body. It also contains potassium which reduces the salts added in various foods and it helps in keeping the risk of high blood pressure away and boost heart health. The flavonoid in grapefruit prevents ischemic strokes. 

Fibre present in grapefruit also helps in improving heart health and regulating cholesterol and preventing problems associated with low blood pressure. Also, the citric acid present in grapefruit prevents developing kidney stones like calcium oxalate which results due to the build-up and crystallization of waste material in the kidney. Citric acid binds itself with the calcium and flushes it out of the body. It also avoids the formation of kidney stones by improving the capacity and pH of the urine. 

5. Keeps Body Hydrated

Most of the grapefruit’s weight is made up of water i.e. 88% of grapefruit is water. A half of a medium-sized grapefruit contains 4 ounces of water and consuming it helps the body to stay hydrated for long. The water and fibre in grapefruit together help in preventing constipation and improving digestion. 

Apart from the above-mentioned benefits of the grapefruit some other important benefits that must be known are that it enhances the immune system, it has high nutritive value, is capable of promoting appetite control, rich in antioxidants, prevents the build-up of fat in the artery walls and also helps keep your bones strong. 

It is also very easy to add to your diet, apart from being eaten alone as a tasty snack it can be added in various desserts, mixed with various salads especially kale and avocado salads. It can also be enjoyed as a smoothie and can be included in various breakfast recipes.

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