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Description

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that is low in calories and high in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and pectin.

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Possible Benefits

  • May improve immunity 
  • May help you lose weight
  • May improve cardiovascular health 
  • May boost energy 
  • May improve digestion
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How to Do It

You can eat the grapefruit, prepare a juice, jam, or eat in a salad. You can also add a little sweetener to reduce its acidic taste.

An easy juice recipe includes grapefruit, orange, some carrot, and ginger. Try it!

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Why it works

  • Vitamin C is essential for strengthening the immune system. It helps strengthen the cells that fight viruses and other infections. 
  • Given its low-calorie content, it is ideal for adding to a weight loss diet. In addition, it generates a feeling of satiety, so you can maintain a low-calorie intake. 
  • Magnesium is important for muscle function, the nervous system and the generation of energy. 
  • Thanks to pectin, a natural fiber present in this fruit, it can improve the digestive process and protect the walls of the digestive tract.
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Time Commitment

1-5 minutes 

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Suggested Frequency

2 times per week

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Time of Day

Morning

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Possible Side Effects

Grapefruit can decrease the absorption of some medications, so you should check with your doctor.

It may also cause nausea and a lowered heart rate.

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Tips

  • Add it to your diet in a moderate amount. 
  • The white fruit pulp has the highest fiber content. 
  • If you keep it in a cool place, it can last between 4 and 6 weeks.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Grapefruit: Some perspectives in pharmacology and nutrition. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5580961/ 
  2. The grapefruit: an old wine in a new glass? Metabolic and cardiovascular perspectives. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3721883/ 
  3. The effects of daily consumption of grapefruit on body weight, lipids, and blood pressure in healthy, overweight adults. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22304836/ 
  4. Consumption of grapefruit is associated with higher nutrient intakes and diet quality among adults, and more favorable anthropometrics in women, NHANES 2003–2008. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4016745/ 
  5. Duration of effect of grapefruit juice on the pharmacokinetics of the CYP3A4 substrate simvastatin. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11061578/
  6. Grapefruit and medication: A cautionary note. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/grapefruit-and-medication-a-cautionary-note 
  7. [Health-promoting properties of pectin]. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24864109/
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 Health  Digestion  Immunity  Fitness  Energy
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