10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit is one of my favourite fruits, and I have a few fond memories of eating it (if anyone can indeed have fond memories of eating food!).
Back when I was trying desperately to shed some weight, I started eating grapefruit for my breakfast. At first, I would prod and poke at it, unsure how to eat it. It was just this big off-yellow oval-shaped, alien-like fruit that I didn’t know how to tackle.
One time, I poked it so absent-mindedly that a piece of pulp shot straight into my eye!
My grapefruit was attacking me.
Eventually, I got into the swing of things and I still have grapefruit for breakfast now and then. It has an unusually sweet taste that really excites your senses first thing in the morning.
Not only that, but it’s also a super healthy way to start the day.
Not everyone enjoys eating whole fruits, though, and grapefruit can be really awkward to slice and eat. It can get messy, and your fingers can get sticky.
Which is where grapefruit juice comes in!
Grapefruit juice is really easy to make, and it’s also super inexpensive to buy from your local supermarket. It tastes divine, and quenches your thirst on those blisteringly hot sunny days. And like the grapefruit itself, it also comes with lots of health benefits. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best.
Grapefruit Juice Combats Gum Disease
One of the most surprising benefits of grapefruit juice is its ability to fight gum disease.
And if you think you don’t need to worry about gum disease, perhaps you weren’t aware that 47% of American’s have at least mild gum disease.
Symptoms include bleeding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth and pain. It’s nasty, so drink grapefruit juice each day to prevent it.
Grapefruit Juice Boosts Your Immune System
Your immune system is super important. When your immune system is ticking over nicely, you don’t even notice. You’re having too much of a good time!
When your immune system starts to break down, though, you definitely notice it. You become more susceptible to flu’s and infections, and it takes a lot longer to fight them off.
A healthy immune system is the wellspring of life. Look after your immune system, and life becomes a breeze.
Grapefruit juice can help. Stuffed with vitamin C, it can help prevent infections and colds, and can even guard against certain cancers, such as mouth and stomach cancer.
Grapefruit juice can also fight against free radicals that can create cancers, heart disease and stroke.
Grapefruit Juice Can Improve Your Vision
When you were young, your mom probably told you to eat more carrots because they help you to see in the dark. But while carrots certainly do improve your vision, so does grapefruit juice – and it’s a whole lot more refreshing.
The grapefruit is crammed with beta carotene (which is also found in carrots), and it is these that improves your vision.
Just a glass of day can help to slow down the ageing process and ensure that your eyesight remains as good as ever.
Grapefruit Juice Can Prevent Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are painful.
Like, really painful.
They can happen during pregnancy, and they can cause you to double up with pain. People who have struggled with kidney stones say it’s the worst pain they’ve ever felt.
They are caused by too much calcium in your body. Once they have developed, the patient usually requires medical attention to alleviate them. Sometimes, the pass through your urethra.
A great way to prevent them occurring in the first place is drink grapefruit juice each day.
Grapefruit Juice Can Burn Fat
Yup, the prime reason I started eating grapefruit for breakfast and sending flying pulp straight into my eye was because I wanted to lose some weight.
Oh sure, the succulent smell of my boyfriend’s bacon almost tempted me away from my fruit every single day, but I persisted valiantly.
And I got my reward, because grapefruit (and grapefruit juice) is a natural fat burner.
To get the best out of it, drink a glass of juice before each and every meal. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you shed some pounds!
Grapefruit Juice Can Fire Up Your Metabolism
Another reason why I continued to eat grapefruit while my boyfriend cooked up a storm in the kitchen was because I knew that grapefruit would fire up my metabolism.
As such, I lost the weight I wanted to lose even quicker.
Naturally, a charged up metabolism can’t help you shift enough weight alone. As well as enjoying a few glasses of grapefruit juice each day, you should also maintain a proper diet and exercise.
Grapefruit Juice Can Treat Arthritis
My grandmother used to suffer from arthritis. As a child, I never really understood what pain was so I found it hard to sympathise with her. She never hinted that she was in a massive amount of pain, and I always just assumed it was an old people thing.
But arthritis can effect anyone, and it’s tremendously painful and debilitating. Because grapefruit is rich in salicylic acid, it can relieve the pain caused by arthritis.
Grapefruit Juice Can Clean Your Liver
Our liver’s are overworked. They’re basically responsible for keeping everything ticking over. Once the liver gets crowded with too many toxins, it’s no longer able to do its job properly.
This can cause indigestion, skin conditions, infections and so much more.
Doing your liver a favour is important, and one ways you can help it out is by drinking grapefruit juice.
Grapefruit juice is a detoxifier that flushes out nasty toxins from your body. It makes you less bloated, less tired, less unclean and so on.
Once you eliminate more toxins from your body, you just feel so much better.
Grapefruit Juice Is Good For Cholesterol Problems
Cholesterol is a really bad thing, but the antioxidants found in grapefruit juice can help.
Millions and millions of us suffer from some kind of cholesterol issue. While it doesn’t get as much mainstream media attention as cancer or diabetes, too much bad cholesterol can be really dangerous.
Look after yourself with a few glasses of grapefruit juice a day.
Grapefruit Juice Can Reduce Stress
Grapefruit juice is heavenly on a sweltering summers day. An ice cool glass is so refreshing and cools you down instantly.
But if you don’t think that’s enough to relieve stress, a study in 1995 found that just the smell of citrus fruit can curb stress, anxiety and depression.