9 Surprising Health Benefits of Grapefruit from 9 Surprising Health Benefits of Grapefruit

9 Surprising Health Benefits of Grapefruit

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9 Surprising Health Benefits of Grapefruit

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Grapefruits provide an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps to maintain a strong immune system, decrease the duration of the common cold, prevent cell damage and help fight free radical damage.

*Related: 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

This tropical fruit will help prevent kidney stones, protect you against certain cancers, lower your cholesterol, improve your digestion and increase the overall health of your heart.

Helps your heart health

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Studies have shown that eating one grapefruit a day can help lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol levels by 15.5 percent. The best kind of grapefruit with the most heart healthy benefits is deep red.  

Improves digestion

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Grapefruit is a great source of fiber – both soluble and insoluble. It helps improve digestion, prevent constipation, control blood sugars and lower cholesterol.

Helps the skin

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This fruit is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Applied topically, it can provide numerous anti-aging benefits, some of which include fighting off free radicals and evening skin tone. It provides your body with the essential nutrients it needs for healthy skin.

May help protect against cancer

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This fruit contains vitamin C, a vitamin that has been shown to protect against cancer. It plays a role in the formation of collagen, which is important for fighting cancer. It helps destroy cancer-causing free radicals in the body, according to pcrm.org. “The protective effect of vitamin C has been shown for cancers of the esophagus, larynx, mouth, pancreas, stomach, colon, and breast.”

Improves the immune system

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Grapefruit may help reduce the symptoms of the common cold and improve your immune system. It contains vitamin C, one of the most common vitamins for fighting colds. It helps support a healthy immune system, gives you energy, and helps maintain your muscles, bones and blood vessels.

Metabolism booster

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Grapefruit contains naringenin, an antioxidant researchers have found that help your body use insulin more efficiently, ultimately keeping your blood sugar in check and improving the amount of calories you burn. *See: The 25 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.

Fights gum disease

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This fruit provides a natural way to prevent and fight gum disease. “Dentists found that people with gum disease who ate two grapefruits a day for a fortnight showed significantly less bleeding from the gums,” according to dailymail.co.uk.

Weight Loss

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Research has concluded that the consumption of grapefruit, whether eaten as a whole fruit, half, juice or capsule form, led to more weight loss and lower blood sugar in 91 obese people, according to livestrong.com.

May help you sleep better

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Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, commonly found in grapefruit is associated with good sleep. A 2013 study found very short sleepers had consumed less lycopene than 7–8-hour sleepers. Other foods that contain lycopene include watermelons, tomatoes and papaya.