Citrus are sour tasting but they are delicious! Plus they are most refreshing and delicious fruit drinks when the weather is hot! But taste aside, grapefruits are awesome for your health from various points of views. Integrate grapefruit into your diet today!
1) Protect your heart
Eating grapefruit protects our most important organ, the heart. Eating grapefruit just once a day reduces bad cholesterol levels by 15.5% and triglycerides by 27%, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In fact, the redder the colour of the grapefruit, the more benefits it can bring to you as it means an increase in levels of anti-oxidants.
2) Improves skin appearance
Did you know that grapefruit can help eliminate dark spots that sometimes appear in the knees and elbows? Cut a grapefruit into half, sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on it (it functions as a scrub) and then rub gently on the skin area you want to correct. You can also apply on the face, but with sensitive skin care because it can irritate them.
The dermatologist Jessica Wu, of Los Angeles, explains that grapefruit is beneficial to the skin due to its vitamin C, which removes stains because it reduces the excess production of skin pigment.
The rich amount of vitamin C contained in this fruit keeps our skin in perfect condition, firm, smooth and soft. It will also stimulate collagen production. Wu recommends eating a grapefruit a day to notice these benefits.
4) Speeds up metabolism
Eating half a grapefruit before each meal can help you lose weight! The compounds of this citrus-including its vitamin C, increase your metabolism and accelerate fat burning and stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels. This means that it will make you feel more energetic and less hungry between meals. It is also a natural food, nutritional, which gives us fewer calories. Perfect for any diet!
A study by the Research Centre for Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, San Diego, California, those who ate half a grapefruit before each meal fell on average 1.5 kg (3.5 lbs) in 12 weeks, without dieting or changing your diet. Join the grapefruit club now!