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Grapefruits the Wonder Fruit

by Luella May

(The Best Years in Life) Grapefruits are a popular citrus fruit enjoyed by millions of people and are often eaten regularly as breakfast staple as well as a popular snack.  What many may not be aware of is that grapefruits are also one of the most highly regarded fruits when it comes to healthy nutrients and health benefits. 

Grapefruits contains powerful antioxidants and valuable nutrients, such as Vitamins C, A, K, D, and B complex.   Other important nutrients contained in grapefruits are potassium, folic acid, calcium, phytonutrients and phosphorus. 

Consuming grapefruits on a regular basis boosts the immune system and helps prevent colds.  Additionally, grapefruit juice is effective in healing sore throats, eliminating coughs, and reducing fevers.  Grapefruits are also instrumental in increasing the body’s alkalinity and reducing acidity and in preventing or treating various diseases.

Grapefruits additional benefits include:

  • Promoting proper functioning of the digestive system.  The fibers in the fruit aid in preventing constipation.

  • Controlling blood pressure.

  • Lowering cholesterol.

  • Helps to control blood sugar levels.  Grapefruits are an excellent addition to a diet for diabetics.

  • Alleviates fatigue.  Those needing a quick pick-me-up” will find that a glass of grapefruit and lemon juice, mixed in equal parts will dispel general fatigue. 

  • Relieves insomnia.  People suffering from this condition should drink one glass of grapefruit juice before going to sleep.

  • Daily consumption of grapefruits seems to relieve inflammation caused by inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

  • And, last but not least, grapefruits contain fat burning enzymes that are instrumental in promoting weight loss.

Grapefruits can be classified as one of “nature’s medicines” as they are instrumental in addressing various diseases.  One important attribute is that grapefruits have anti-cancer properties which can help prevent and help treat certain types of cancer.  A recent study conducted at UCLA and Zhongshan University in China concluded that a beneficial plant compound found in grapefruit, Naringenin, helped repair DNA in human prostate cancer cells. 

It should be noted, however, that grapefruits do interact with certain medications which may cause potentially dangerous side effects.  This is due to the fact that they interfere in the absorption of certain medications.  Therefore, if taking medications, consult a qualified health professional before consuming grapefruits or grapefruit extracts.

 

Medications that should not be taken with grapefruit include:

  • Any medications that lower cholesterol (statins)

  • Any psychiatric medications (Buspar, Halcion, Valium, Xanax, Alprazolam, Zoloft)

  • Blood pressure medication

  • Medication used to treat congestive heart failure (Digoxin)

  • Antihistamines

  • Immunosuppressant Drugs

  • Medication used to treat male impotence (Viagra)

On a final note, grapefruits can also be beneficial to the environment, itself.  Little known facts are that grapefruit hulls can be used to condition soil.  Old grapefruit trees can be salvaged for firewood, and, lastly, grapefruit hulls and dried grapefruit can be used to feed cattle when combined with dried pulp.

Sources:

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-grapefruit.html
http://www.holisticonline.com/Herbal-Med/_Herbs/grapefruit-interactions-genesis.htm
http://www.familynutritiononline.com/Health%20Articles/grapefruit_benefits.htm

About the author:

Luella May is a natural health advocate and author helping people to heal naturally.  Her articles appear in several online venues, including Natural News, AlignLife and CureZone.  Luella is in the midst of editing her eBook, "The 8 Invisible Stains of Our Souls" which will be available in the next few months. She partners with Tony Isaacs, who authors books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy". Luella a partner and contributor of The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Luella co-moderates the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and hosts her own yahoo group focusing on the natural wellbeing of pets.  You can listen to Luella and her partner Tony Isaacs every Wednesday evening on The Best Years in Life Radio Show.

         

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