The grapefruit was discovered in Barbados in the late 18th century. It is a cross between the Jamaican sweet orange and the Indonesian pomelo, and up until the 19th century it was grown as decoration rather than as an edible treat. The fruit comes in a variety of colors, and flavors can range from highly acidic to bitter sweet and tart. While grapefruit is beneficial for your health, as it is rich in vitamin C, the fruit has also been shown to inhibit certain chemotherapy and blood pressure medications.
When selecting grapefruits, look for ones that are heavier than expected for their size. This means that they will have a thinner flesh and more juice. When pressed, ripe grapefruits will be firm but a little springy. If you plan on eating your grapefruit right away, store at room temperature as they are juicier when warm. Otherwise, keep grapefruit in the refrigerator. They will stay ripe for two to three weeks.
Grapefruit has some amazing benefits for your body:
HIGH IN VITAMIN C
Let’s start with the most obvious reason—grapefruit is high in immune-boosting vitamin C. Grapefruit’s vitamin C content also naturally boosts the body’s amount of glutathione, which helps to conquer the effects of stress and aging.
HIGH IN ANTIVIRAL PHYTONUTRIENTS
Grapefruit contains a group of phytonutrients called terpene limonoids which have been shown in many studies to have anti-cancer effects.Terpene limonoids also help to give cold and flu viruses the boot and lower high cholesterol levels.
The pulp or the juice of grapefruit helps patients recover quickly from fevers, and it reduces the burning sensation that occurs when the body reaches a high temperature. It is also known as a way to boost the immune system against colds and other common illnesses. Grapefruit juice, when combined with water, can quench thirst very quickly and can keep you hydrated longer. Most of these benefits come from the high content of vitamin C in grapefruits, which acts as a general immune system defense system and can help the body fight to break fevers.
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.
The first option is to consume half of a grapefruit three times a day, before each main meal. This method is ideal to burn fat and lose weight, since in addition to activating the metabolism it also provides us with a sense of fullness.
The second option is to prepare a glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, which will help you to lose weight easily without making any sacrifices. To make your grapefruit juice you simply need to extract the pulp of a grapefruit by using a spoon and then mixing it in a blender with teaspoon of honey. Drink this juice about 20 minutes before eating your main meals and this will help you to burn the calories consumed in the food you eat.