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Tuesday, August 07, 2012


I personally am not a big fan of the bitter-sweet taste of grapefruits, but this large, round, yellow-orange citrus has many health benefits. There are varieties which give you the option between white, pink and red meat.

The color often determines the sweetness, but is also an indication of the amount of the anti-oxidant lycopene. Pink and red grapefruit contain this compound (white grapefruit doesn't) which is known to fight free radicals and are held responsible for cell damage.

(Citrus × paradisi)

While all grapefruit are high in vitamin C, the pink and red varieties are also an excellent source of vitamin A and supply a significant quantity of lycopene - a compound that may influence the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer.

Eating lycopene-rich fruit resulted in 33% more protection against sunburn, according to a preliminary University of Manchester study. Grapefruits are also loaded with other phytochemicals, such as limonoids which may reduce the risk of cancer by stimulating the body's natural detoxification enzymes.
~Source: Dole Food Facts.

Consuming at least one grapefruit daily or drinking grapefruit juice will not only promote weight loss, but will also help support the immune system, reduce cold and flu symptoms and asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis inflammations.

It also diminishes the risk of and protects against heart disease, stroke and several types of cancer and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol levels (red grapefruits twice as fast as the white ones), prevents kidney stones, and helps the body getting rid of toxins.

It all sound great, but don't run to the store yet to stock up on this fruit and/or its juice; there are a few, but very important things you need to know before incorporating grapefruit in you daily diet which I will share with you soon.

What you can and should do is incorporating a healthy dose of God's word, guidance and leadership into your daily routine; you will be astonished by the benefits you will reap and the blessings given to you!

Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!


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