In the produce section of the grocery store, grapefruits are often overlooked due to their somewhat bitter taste (when compared to other citrus fruits, such as oranges). However, the health benefits of this plump fruit are undeniable.
Today we’re exploring the top five health benefits of grapefruits, along with why it can be found in Yon-Ka’s Pamplemousse PS.
1. Grapefruits Are Packed With Nutrients
Snacking on grapefruit (or adding it to your morning smoothie) can have some amazing benefits for your body because, while it’s loaded with nutrients, it’s also low in calories. Here’s a breakdown of the vitamins and nutrients found in grapefruit: fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, thiamine, folate, and magnesium.
You’ll also get a healthy dose of antioxidants when you eat grapefruit. Those antioxidants found in grapefruit include beta-carotene, lycopene, and flavanones, as well as vitamins C and A. Foods that are rich in antioxidants can help protect your body from free radicals in the environment and can potentially decrease your risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease.
2. It Could Help You Lose Weight
Many of us have set a personal goal to lose weight. However, sometimes trying to shed those pounds can be a tedious journey. To make it easier, try incorporating grapefruit into your diet. It might sound too good to be true, but studies have shown it works.
The reason it can help is partially due to the fiber content of grapefruit. Consuming plenty of fiber in your diet will help promote fullness, which can ultimately reduce your calorie intake and cut down on unnecessary snacking. Plus, grapefruit also contains a lot of water, which can also have the effect of making you feel “fuller”. And as mentioned above, grapefruits are relatively low in calories.
One study showed that a group of participants who ate half of a fresh grapefruit before meals lost an average of 3.5 pounds over the course of 12 weeks. Those that didn’t consume the grapefruit lost less than one pound on average.
3. The Antioxidants in Grapefruit Can Give You Glowing Skin
You don’t need to only eat grapefruit to reap its benefits. In fact, when applied topically, this fruit can give incredible benefits to the skin as well. The reason why comes back down to the abundance of vitamins and minerals it has.
- Vitamin C will keep your skin healthy by promoting collagen production, which helps improve skin elasticity while keeping you looking young and fresh-faced. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant.
- Antioxidants will help protect you from the damaging effects of free radicals and help fight premature aging.
- Potassium is great for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines by keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized.
Our Yon-Ka Pamplemousse PS, which contains grapefruit essential oil and extract, is a fantastic option for normal to dry skin that’s in need of a boost in radiance. This moisturizing cream can be used in the morning and/or evening to restore the skin’s natural glow. It contains a mix of essential oils like grapefruit, lime, sweet orange, lemon, and our Quintessence Yon-Ka to completely revitalize and re-energize the skin.
4. Grapefruit Can Promote Heart Health
Just consuming half of a grapefruit gives you about 5% of your daily potassium intake. Potassium is great for reducing your risk of high blood pressure, while also lowering your risk of death from heart disease. Plus, a high fiber diet is also shown to lower your blood pressure and keep your cholesterol at a healthy level. One study revealed that those who ate grapefruit three times daily for six weeks saw lower blood pressure as well as improvements in their LDL cholesterol levels.
5. It’ll Give Your Immune System a Boost
For those who always find themselves getting sick, especially during those colder months, it’s time to start eating more grapefruit. This is because grapefruits contain about 64% of your recommended daily value of vitamin C, an amazing way to protect your body’s cells from any harmful bacteria and viruses. Grapefruits are also rich in vitamin A, which has been shown to reduce inflammation within the body and on the skin.