I’m deep in a relationship with ruby red grapefruit right now. It could be because its almost National Grapefruit Month (who knew?). Or it could be that I am completely sick of all the rich, hearty foods of winter and I’m craving things that are light and refreshing.
Grapefruit is the cornerstone of having a healthy diet- it is a total powerhouse when it comes to nutrition:
- Red grapefruit is high in lycopene which is linked to preventing cancers.
- Bursting with vitamin C; half of a grapefruit provides 78% the recommended daily value- which means a healthy immune system.
- Antioxidant rich, which supports cardiovascular health by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
- Contains limonoids, which help with detoxification by forming an enzyme that helps cause toxins become water-soluble, allowing them to be more easily flushed from the body.
- Rich in pectin fiber that slows down the development of atherosclerosis.
- Low in calories: 1/2 grapefruit is only 36 calories.
- Great source of vitamin A, necessary for healthy vision, teeth, skeletal, and soft tissue.
- Also high in vitamin B5, needed by the body to metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
- Good source of folate, crucial for brain function and for production of genetic material such as DNA and RNA.
- Plus potassium, which is essential to heart function and smooth muscle contraction.
- Because it is rich in vitamin C, it stimulates collagen production- which helps retain elasticity. Score!
- And all those phytonutrients it’s packed with protect your skin from sun damage, and also reduces toxins from the body which can make the skin smooth and clear.
- There are tons of recipes for beauty treatments using fresh grapefruit, too (but I’ll stick to my fancy-pants products).
I’m sure this negates some of the benefits of grapefruit: Mixing it with 1 part vodka and three parts grapefruit juice, shake and serve in a salted glass ain’t a bad way to end the day.