The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree known for its relatively large sour to semisweet, somewhat bitter fruit. Grapefruit is a citrus hybrid originating in Barbados as an accidental cross between the sweet orange (C. sinensis) and the pomelo or shaddock (C. maxima), both of which were introduced from Asia in the 17th century. Next to oranges, grapefruits are one of the most popular citrus fruit.
Grapefruit contains a few different antioxidants that provide various health benefits, including a reduced risk of several diseases. Here’s are some benefits of grapefruit:
Benefit for immune system
Eating grapefruit regularly may be beneficial for your immune system. It's prized for its high content of vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties known to protect your cells from harmful bacteria and viruses.
Promote Appetite Control
Grapefruit contains fiber, which helps with appetite control by promoting fullness. It boosts your metabolism by promoting the body's energy-producing processes. Grapefruit oil works as a natural appetite suppressant because it helps to improve insulin resistance and balance blood glucose levels, which helps you feel fuller.
Improve Heart Health
Regularly consuming grapefruit is thought to improve heart health by reducing risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. In one study, people who ate grapefruit three times daily for six weeks experienced significant reductions in blood pressure over the course of the study.
Reduce the Risk of Kidney Stones
Citrate helps prevent kidney stone formation by binding with calcium in urine. Scientist have discovered that a natural product found in grapefruit can prevent kidney cysts from forming.
Eat at least one grapefruit per day to bring down the amount of acid that your body is producing. The acidity of the fruit will actually counter the amount of acid being produced by the body and make your body produce less acid, which will result in less heartburn.