Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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The rich pink and red colors of grapefruit are due to lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient. Lycopene appears to have anti-tumor activity. Among the common dietary carotenoids, lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells.

Choosing to regularly eat lycopene-rich foods, such as pink grapefruit, and drink green tea may greatly reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests research published the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Jian L, Lee AH, et al.)

Health Benefits of Grapefruit :

  • Grapefruit is very helpful in removing or dissolving inorganic calcium which may have formed in the cartilage of the joints, as in arthritis, as a result of an excessive consumption of devitalized white flour products. Fresh grapefruit contains organic salicylic acid, which aids in dissolving such inorganic calcium in the body.
  • Grapefruit can help in weight loss, since it is low in sodium, high in fat burning enzymes. Low sodium intake can help flush out excess water that is caused by high sodium food.
  • Grapefruit has high water content, and an increased water consumption can help increase metabolism.
  • Grapefruit is a rich source of Vitamin C
  • Grapefruit is rich in lycopene (the red color/pigment), it helps to prevent the occurance of tumor and cancer.
  • It is a liver tonic
  • Helps in cases of Gallstones
  • Helps in cases of Cold, Pneumonia, Fever
  • It is a powerful drug-poison eliminator
  • Helps in proper digestion of food
  • Can help improve complexion
  • Grapefruit is a natural antiseptic for wounds when used externally.

Nutritive Values : Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A : Trace
  • Vitamin B : Thiamine .04 mg.;
  • Riboflavin : .02 mg.;
  • Niacin : .2 mg.
  • Vitamin c ; 40 mg.
  • Calcium : 22 mg.
  • Iron : .2 mg.

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