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Health Benefits of Grapefruit

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Did you know that February is National Grapefruit Month? I sure didn't. Honestly, I was a little unsure as to why there would be a whole month dedicated to grapefruits. But then I found out just how beneficial they can be for your health.

  • Grapefruits are packed with Vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant that can help boost your immune system and protect your cells against free radicals. Free radicals are naturally found in the body, but too many of them can cause problems, adversely affecting proteins, lipids, and DNA. Because Vitamin C also helps boost your immune system, it can help your body more effectively fight off pathogens, viruses, and bacteria. One whole, medium grapefruit can actually give you 100% of your daily requirement for Vitamin C.
  • Grapefruits also contain a good amount of fiber which can help regulate your blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, and normalize bowel movements.
  • Regularly consuming grapefruit may go so far as to improve your heart health too. This is because grapefruit is high in potassium which is a mineral that is responsible for many different aspects of heart health. Increasing your potassium intake may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Water makes up most of a grapefruit’s weight - one grapefruit is actually about 88% water. Drinking enough water throughout the day is crucial to maintain good health. It can help regulate your body temperature, keep your joints lubricated, deliver essential nutrients, and keep your organs functioning properly. If you find it hard to get your daily recommended amount of water, eating foods rich in water content can be a good way to go, and it's just as beneficial.

So it seems like there is quite a bit to celebrate when it comes to grapefruits. Who knew, right? This month, try adding some more grapefruit to your diet and see how it helps you. I sure will!

 **Talk to your doctor before beginning any new diet plan.

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