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14 Amazing Reasons to Love (and Eat) Grapefruit

14 Amazing Reasons to Love (and Eat) Grapefruit

Grapefruit is rarely mentioned as a superfood extraordinaire.  Nutrition authors rarely give it a place on their top foods lists.  Few people even consider grapefruit for its health-promoting properties.  Yet, this humble citrus fruit deserves to take its rightful place among the superfood giants.  Here are 14 health benefits of grapefruits and why you might want to add them to your daily diet:

Let’s start with the most obvious reason–grapefruit is high in immune-boosting vitamin C.

That leads to the next reason:  grapefruit’s vitamin C content also naturally boosts the body’s amount of glutathione, which helps to conquer the effects of stress and aging.

It is high in antiviral phytonutrients called terpene limonoids which help to give cold and flu viruses the boot.

Grapefruit contains a group of phytonutrients called terpene limonoids which have been shown in many studies to have anti-cancer effects.  (Source: Phytozyme Cure).

Terpene limonoids in grapefruit also helps lower high cholesterol levels.

Many studies confirm that grapefruit is an excellent weight loss food. In one study at John Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle.

Keep reading to discover how grapefruit reduces pain and surprising ways it suppresses weight gain…

Grapefruit has natural anti-pain properties thanks to its natural aspirin content, salicylic acid.

Grapefruit contains a special type of fiber, called pectin which binds to cholesterol and helps to remove arterial buildup.

It is high in limonene that has natural anti-cancer properties, particularly against stomach and pancreatic cancer.  You’ll need to add grapefruit zest to your foods since most of the limonene is found in grapefruit’s skin.

Grapefruit contains powerful antioxidants that help protect the body’s cells from damage.

As a source of fiber, grapefruit also helps keep you regular and promotes intestinal health.

Pink grapefruit contains lycopene, which helps protect against bladder, cervical, and pancreatic cancer.

Regularly smelling the scent of grapefruit was shown to suppress weight gain, according to research published in Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Other research at the Department of Nursing at the Wonkwang Health Science College in Korea found that abdominal massage with specific essential oils, including grapefruit oil, reduced belly fat in post-menopausal women.  The women who used the grapefruit-lemon-cypress oil blend had significantly less abdominal fat at the end of the study.  Their waist measurements dropped significantly compared to the control group.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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12:42AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

I've tried, I just don't like grapefruit..

6:55PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Delicious!

5:09AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

thank you

9:45PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

:)

6:44AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

true

2:40PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing :)

5:50AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Thank you for sharing!

4:01AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

yes, Tanya, too bitter for me too

3:14AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Too bitter for me.

2:50AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thanks

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