Grapefruit, from speeding up the metabolism to dissolving gallstones and preventing prostate cancer, can you afford not too?

English: A grapefruit from California cut in half

English: A grapefruit from California cut in half (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grapefruits are literally bursting with Vitamin C, not to mention healthy doses of Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, calcium, fibre, lycopene, manganese and potassium

Wellness

This sweet and tangy citrus fruit is called ‘Citrus paradise’ in Latin because of its divine flavor and innumerable health benefits including but not limited to

Arthritis prevention The salicylic acid found in grapefruit breaks down the calcium build-up in joint cartilage that often results in arthritis

Cancer prevention Pink and red grapefruit, in particular, contains lycopene, an important carotenoid phytonutrient, which can fight off cell damaging free radicals and has exhibited anti-tumor activities.  Also, men who engage in a more lycopene-rich diet have been shown far less likely to develop prostate cancer.  Vitamin A helps promote healthy mucus membranes and can thus prevent the onset of oral cavity and lung cancers

Digestive health Grapefruit contains the dietary fiber, pectin, which aids in healthy digestion.  Regular ingestion of grapefruit can prevent and ease constipation and can even dissolve gallstones and enhance liver function

Heart health Vitamin C promotes cardiovascular health by preventing potentially damaging free radicals from oxidizing and resulting in heart attack-and-stroke-inducing plaque.  Pectin, a soluble fiber found in Grapefruit, can reduce LDL cholesterol and slow down the onset of atherosclerosis.  Potassium helps control proper heart rate and regulates blood pressure

Immune system Vitamin C is a common cold and influenza fighter and can also reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms if you are unlucky enough to catch either one. Drinking grapefruit juice, for instance, is a terrific way to cool down feverish sensations. Salicylic acid has proven to be a mighty antiseptic and powerful in treating bacterial and fungal infections as well as proving a good topical treatment for external wounds

Beauty

Antioxidant properties The phytonutrients and flavonoids in grapefruit are miraculous warriors in the fight against cell-damaging free radicals and premature signs of aging like dreaded wrinkles

Healthy hair, skin and nails The grapefruit is comprised of a vast amount of water and the aforementioned antioxidants, both of which are essential for achieving and maintaining shiny, supple hair, smooth, radiant skin and strong nails

Weight Loss

Fibre This delicious, mere eighty-calorie fruit has 4 grams of fibre.  This wealth of fibre will keep your stomach full and your appetite sated. Fibre will also help keep the body regular and promote more prompt waste removal and weight loss. It has even been shown, in some studies, that the smell of grapefruit alone can quell hunger

Fat burner Grapefruits contain enzymes that are notorious fat burners and eating this fruit or drinking its juice on a regular basis can considerably speed up metabolism and result in more rapid weight loss

Cooking

Grapefruits can be eaten raw, sautéed, baked and juiced

Grapefruits can be purchased all year round, of course, but are definitely in their prime season from winter through early spring

Slice them in your favorite healthy salad for a punch of tart sweetness.  Combine grapefruit with orange and make a lip-smacking Sunday marmalade

Grapefruit has a natural affinity to seafood and is a perfect addition to a scallop ceviche.  Grab a few grapefruit wedges and give them a quick pan sear to accompany a dozen plump shrimp as a fresh and fit entrée.  You can also whisk together ruby red grapefruit juice and tarragon (or other favorite herb) vinaigrette to spoon over your grilled blue eye cod steak or sea bass, or you can concoct a sweet and sour citrus sauce to serve with that fancy herbed roast pork loin

Grapefruit slices can be candied and enjoyed throughout the year as a unique snack, and grapefruit oil and zest can be incorporated into a sublime array of luscious cupcakes for your next birthday party or bake sale

Interesting fact: This fruit got its name because it grows in clusters on trees much like grapes do.

 

This image was selected as a picture of the we...

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Farsi Wikipedia for the 22nd week, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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