Grapefruit may be the less popular citrus choice when compared to its sweeter cousin the orange, but grapefruits possess health promoting nutrients that support health and wellbeing.
Grapefruit is an excellent source of immune supporting vitamin C.
Vitamin C is also a very potent antioxidant. The main job of an antioxidant is to prevent the free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade. Amongst other things, free radicals can oxidize cholesterol and lead to plaques that may rupture causing heart attacks or stroke. Vitamin C is therefore beneficial inpromoting cardiovascular health.
The rich pink and red colours of grapefruit are due to lycopene, a carotenoid phytochemical with antioxidant properties. Lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals.
Phytochemicals in grapefruit called limonoids can inhibit tumor formation by promoting the formation of glutathione-S-transferase, a detoxifying enzyme. This enzyme sparks a reaction in the liver that helps to make toxic compounds more water soluble for excretion from the body.
We recommend Harris Farm Markets to buy fresh and juicy grapefruits. We also highly recommend delicious and sweet sun drenched Organic Grapefruit.
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