Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) has so many health benefits. It is high in fiber and low in calories which makes it a suitable choice of fruit for those who want to lose weight.

Grapefruit has so many colours. Some could be white, yellow,red or pink in colour. Some grapefruits are very sweet while some are very sour.

Some nutrients found in grapefruit
  • Vitamin C
  • Pantothenic acid 
  • Copper
  • Vitamin A 
  • Fiber 
  • Potassium 
  • Biotin 
  • Vitamin B1
Below are some of the health benefits of grapefruit:

1 Anti Cancer potentials

Grapefruit contains vitamin C and other antioxidants that combat the accumulation of free radicals that cause cancer. 
Studies have confirmed that grape fruit and other fruits of the citrus family have potential resources against cancer (1).

2 weight loss
Grapefruit extracts have showed significant weight loss potentials in over weight rats (2). Although the exact mechanism of weight loss was not known, one study recommended the consumption of grapefruit for weight loss in overweight and obese individuals (3). 

Furthermore, another study conducted with humans indicated the need for further investigation on the weight loss potentials of grapefruit (4). 

3 Inhibition of Hepatitis C virus
A compound in grapefruit known as naringenin has been shown to inhibit hepatitis C virus.
The occurrence of those infected with hepatitis C virus in the world is somewhere over 3%. Hepatitis C virus is one of the causes of liver disease. (5).

4 Decrease in Blood pressure
Grapefruit Juice and extracts have been shown to reduce blood pressure  in animals as published by one study (6).  However, more studies on humans are needed to confirm its effectiveness. 

Grapefruit may help in bringing down high blood pressure because it contains potassium which negates the effect of sodium, which is responsible for raising our blood pressure.

5  Helps in re-hydration

Since grapefruit is high in water content, it can help in the fight against dehydration.

6 May help relieve Constipation
Grapefruit is rich in fiber and water and therefore it aids in digestion and fights against constipation.

7 Healthy skin
The vitamin C content of grapefruit can help protect the skin against damage from the sun, reduce wrinkles and help the skin maintain its natural colour. 

Vitamin C is also an important component of collagen formation. This is achieved when the vitamin C is consumed in its natural form.

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