Whether you love or hate grapefruit, there’s no doubt that it is one if the beat additions to your diet. Grapefruit packs in more important nutrients for your body than you can even realize.
Not only grapefruit is one of the best foods you can find for weight loss, half a grapefruit only has 39 calories and studies found that people who eat fresh half a grapefruit or drink it juice before each meal managed to lose more weight than those who didn’t.
But besides weight loss, there are many other health benefits you can get by eating this super fruit. You can strengthen your immune system, lower cholesterol level, stay hydrated (92% water) and even reduce your risk of certain types of cancer.
1- Grapefruit Fights Aging Signs.
Grapefruit contains retinol antioxidants that help to repair damaged skin and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Grapefruit also contains a compound called spermidine which was proven in a 2009 study to slow the cell aging process in mice.
Try a weekly facial mask of grapefruit to improve your skin, mix one teaspoon of honey with two tablespoons of grapefruit juice. Mix properly and apply to your skin for five minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water.
If your skin is sensitive don’t try this remedy and only eat half a grapefruit everyday.
2- Aids In Weight Loss.
Specialists in weight loss and nutrition recommend drinking a glass of grapefruit juice before each meal to suppress appetite and control calories intake.
Grapefruit also contain the flavonoid compounds naringin which studies proved to increase the metabolic rates after meals.
Surprisingly, you can even lose weight without eating grapefruits, researchers in Osaka University in Japan found that exposing rates to grapefruit essential oils For 15 minutes helped to curb their appetite and at the same time boost their metabolism.
Researchers suggest that the results were due to how the essential oil interacted with their lover enzymes.
3- Combat Oily Skin.
Grapefruit contains natural properties that combat the excess production of oil and tighten the skin pores. Look for facial products that contain grapefruit essential oil. Or you can even make your own toner by mixing fresh, strained grapefruit and two drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle and spray your skin with once in the morning and once in the evening to cleanse your skin. Grapefruit also has antiseptic properties that fights acne-causing bacteria within the skin pores.
4- Lowers Cholesterol Levels.
In an Israeli study made on 57 men and women who undergone surgeries and had their cholesterol levels not responsive to statin medications. When they ate a red grapefruit a day for 30 days they managed to reduce their total cholesterol level by 15%, their LDL cholesterol level by 20% and their triglycerides by 17% in one month. But note that grapefruits can have undesired interactions with certain types of medications including heart medications so check with your doctor before attempting to add it to your diet.
5- Gets Rid Of Dandruff.
Topical application of grapefruit can kill the dandruff a causing fungus that live on your scalp, the citric acid content in grapefruit will make it an unsuitable environment for yeast-like fungus to live in your scalp, it will also help to remove the oil buildup and dirt from your hair.
It is enough to massage your scalp with strained grapefruit juice once a week to reap the benefits and don’t irritate your scalp.
6- It Boosts Your Immunity.
Grapefruit is one of the richest sources of vitamin C which is essential for your immune system to create the germ-fighting white blood cells needed to keep your body protected from infections and diseases. Along with its content of powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, antibacterial and antiseptic which are all needed to keep you protected from several types of fetal diseases including cancer.