We've all heard "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" but do we really understand the meaning behind that saying?
Fruit have been known for centuries for their healing properties. Fruits are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, and they are high in fiber. They also provide a wide range of health-boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids.
Eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables can reduce a person's risk of developing heart disease, cancer, inflammation, and diabetes.
Now let's look at GRAPEFRUIT!
This healthy and delicious fruit has not been given the recognition it deserves! I can remember steering completely clear of grapefruit as a little girl because I didn't like the bitter taste. Just the thought of eating it would make my mouth pucker.
In my 20's and 30's I would eat it depending on what fad diet I was on (Think grapefruit and egg diet) but I would always remove the thin outer skin on the actual fruit itself. It wasn't until I began my healthy journey about 10 years ago that I discovered the benefits of this amazing fruit and have been hooked every since.
No wonder I am now over the age of 45 and have blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels as if I was a teenager!
Let's talk about the health benefits!
Studies have shown that a grapefruit a day for 30 days straight can lower bad cholesterol levels by 30 points! It’s rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, making it one of the healthiest citrus fruit you can eat!
* It's high in vitamin C, helping promote a healthy immune system. It also has small amounts of B vitamins, zinc, copper and iron, which all work together in the body to promote immune system function.
* Its high fiber and water content can help to control your appetite and help with weight loss if needed.
* Eating grapefruit may help control insulin levels and thus have the ability to reduce your likelihood of becoming insulin resistant.
Insulin is a hormone that regulates many processes in your body. For example, it’s involved in many aspects of your metabolism, but it’s most commonly known for its role in blood sugar control
Insulin resistance ultimately leads to higher insulin and blood sugar levels, two primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes
* Grapefruit contains nutrients and antioxidants shown to help protect the heart by regulating blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
* Grapefruit is full of anti-oxidants which can protect cells from damage that leads to heart disease and cancer. (Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Flavonoids, Lycopene)
* Grapefruit may help reduce the formation of harmful kidney stones.
Although very healthy for you, grapefruit may not be for everyone! If you eat grapefruit while taking these medications, your body may not be able to break these medicines down, which could cause an overdose and other adverse effects
The medications most likely to interact with grapefruit include;
Most calcium channel blockers
If you are taking any of these medications, talk with your doctor before adding grapefruit to your diet.
The ultimate goal would be to lower your cholesterol naturally in such a way that your doctor would be forced to either lower your medication or remove them altogether. If you have borderline high cholesterol and have not started taking medication yet, now would be the perfect time to incorporate grapefruit into your diet on a daily basis.
Unable to include it daily? This supplement has been know for its powerful effect to lower cholesterol levels within 30 days. Citrus Bergamot. Click here to find out more.
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Written by; Doreen Germany CNHC