The Health Benefits of Red Grapefruit
Grapefruit is a tart-tasting fruit not everyone enjoys. The grapefruit is a sort of a crossbred between the orange and the pomelo. This is because the grapefruit is large in size like a pomelo but the outside of the grapefruit looks like an orange. Grapefruits are found in three colors: red grapefruit, white grapefruit and pink grapefruit.
As a member of the citrus family, grapefruit is also a storehouse of powerful photochemical such as flavonoids, terpenes, and limonoids. These naturally occurring substances may have cancer-preventing properties. Additionally, it contains moderate levels of B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, and thiamine in addition to some resourceful minerals such as iron, calcium, copper, and phosphorus.
The taste of red grapefruit is a little bitter as well as sour. When people drink red grapefruit juice, it increases the flow of gastric juices and this in turn helps with digestion. If eating the red grapefruit with its pith and albedo, that extra fiber will help with bowel movements.
Potassium is very high in red grapefruits. It is known that consuming potassium will help control blood pressure. Red grapefruit contains more of the carotenoids lycopene and beta-carotene than other red-fleshed varieties of citrus fruits and also contains another carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin.
Eating grapefruit while taking certain medications can cause the medications to remain in your body for a shorter or longer time than normal, which can increase your risk for adverse reactions. The effects of mixing medicine and grapefruit can be dramatic.
In various researchers, patients taking the blood pressure drug felodipine had three times the level of the medicine in their blood after drinking grapefruit juice than those patients who’d had a glass of water. People who eat lots of the fruit over a long period of time appear to be at even higher risk.