Rich in Vitamin C
Being a member of the citrus family, grapefruit is a great source of vitamin C, which helps to support the immune system and can help reduce cold symptoms. As a prevailing antioxidant, vitamin C protects our bodies against oxidation stress and the inflammation linked with asthma and arthritis.
Prevents Arthritis and Works as an Antiseptic
Grapefruit contains salicylic acid that helps break down the body’s inorganic calcium which builds up in the cartilage of joints and may lead to arthritis, a health issue problem faced by so many people, especially the elderly.
Grapefruit seed extracts can be added to water to make an antiseptic spray for treating bacterial and fungal infections.
Helps in Cancer Prevention
Grapefruit is a rich source of Lycopene, a carotenoid pigment which is responsible for the rich red color of grapefruit. However Lycopene is also a strong agent that works against cancer and tumors as it acts as a scavenger of cancer-causing free radicals. Lycopene works best with vitamins A and C which are found in grapefruit.
A study conducted by researchers at UCLA and Zhongshan University in China discovered that Naringenin, a beneficial plant compound in grapefruit, helps repair damaged DNA in human prostate cancer cells. DNA repair is an important factor in cancer prevention since it stops cancer cells from multiplying.
Helps Lower Cholesterol
A recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry was performed on 57 patients who had just gone through a coronary bypass surgery. The patients were divided into three groups, the first group was given red grapefruit to their diet, the second group was given blond grapefruit to their diet and the third group did not include any grapefruit in their diet.
It was concluded that the first group consuming red grapefruit had lowered their cholesterol and their triglyceride levels the most. Both groups consuming grapefruit had lowered the “bad” LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol in a month dramatically, compared to the third group.