Grapefruit is a large orange-like fruit that belongs to the citrus family. It is called grapefruit because like grapes, it grows in clusters of three to twelve or more. The grapefruit tree is about the size an orange tree and reaches a height of twenty to forty feet.
The diameter of a grapefruit, depending on its variety, can range from four to six inches. The fruit’s rind looks like that of an orange, but its flesh comes in white, pink and red. It contains around 50 seeds and some varieties are seedless. Grapefruit has a bitter and sour taste.
The United States produces about 97 percent of the world’s supply of grapefruit, and Florida and Texas together produces about 90 percent of the grapefruit grown in the United States.
Health Benefits of Grapefruit:
- Helps remove inorganic calcium which accumulates in the cartilage of the joints; it is often seen in people with arthritis.
- Help dissolve plaque buildup in the arteries.
- Grapefruit juice significantly increases the activity of liver detoxification.
- Helps remove excess estrogen in the body.
- Help remove drug-poison in the body.
- High in beta carotene and lycopene, an antioxidant that can help repair skin tissues.
- Help improve sperm count and can help repair damaged prostate cells.
- Beneficial for diabetic, because it can reduce blood sugar circulating in the system.
- When taken before bedtime can help give you a goodnight sleep.
- Grapefruit juice when taken first thing in the morning can help prevent constipation.
Nutrient Content of Grapefruit: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: Trace
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .04 mg.; Riboflavin .02 mg.; Niacin .2 mg.
- Vitamin C: 40 mg.
- Calcium: 22 mg.
- Iron: .2 mg.
- Phosphorus: 14 mg.
- Fat: .2 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 10.1 gm.
- Calories: 40
Grapefruit Rind Health Benefits: Grapefruit skin or rind contains vitamin P, an important vitamin for healthy gums and teeth. This vitamin can be extracted by simmering the rind in water for about twenty minutes. Strain and drink.
Health Benefits of Grapefruit Oil:
- Has mood lifting properties.
- Help remove cellulite because it helps break superficial fat.
- Help cleanse the skin and helps in the treatment of several skin conditions, including acne.
- Help keep the hair healthy and strong; it can also help promote hair growth.
- When added to massage oil can help ease muscle stiffness through lactic acid removal.
- Help suppress strong appetite. Inhale a few drops of oil to suppress the hunger pang.
How to Buy Grapefruit:
- Buy grapefruit that is firm, but springy to the touch, well-shaped, and heavy for its size – the heavier the fruit the better. The heavy fruits are usually thin-skinned and contain more juice than those with coarse skin.
- Choose the pink and red variety because they are sweeter and contains more nutrient.
- When eating or juicing grapefruit, peel off the skin but leave as much of the albedo intact as possible as it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.
- Keep grapefruits at room temperature before juicing to get the most out of it. To prepare, quarter the fruit and peel off the skin.
- The grapefruit is less acidulous than the lemon and is a good substitute when oranges or their juice cannot be tolerated, or when the alkaline reserves in the body need to be augmented.
- There is less sugar in grapefruit than in oranges.
- Grapefruits may stop the metabolism of drugs, leaving the drugs in the body thus creating the risk of toxic poisoning. Doctors may tell you that grapefruit is the cause of the toxicity, but in fact, it is really the drug that is causing the toxicity. If you are not under medication, grapefruit juice can do a lot of good for you. However, despite all its goodness, always remember to take only in moderation.
- Excessive consumption of any citrus juices can leach calcium from the body system, causing decay of the bones and teeth.