“ A lemon that has presented itself with an opportunity and has been able to take advantage of it” is how Oscar Wilde defines grapefruit.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisii) is a fruit that is part of the Rutaceae family and belongs to the Citrus genus, just like lemon.
Characterized by a bitter taste, it is a fruit rich in virtues even if it is not pleasing to all palates.
It is rich in vitamins: vitamin A , vitamin C and vitamins of group B. Thanks to its high content of vitamin C it strengthens the immune system. The citric acid, which it contains, counteracts the formation of free radicals. Rich in minerals, including potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. Contains many flavonoids including naringenin with a strong antioxidant power. It also contains limonene (cyclic monoterpene), contained in all citrus essential oils, with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cardioprotective properties.
- It stimulates the digestive system and is useful in case of digestive difficulties: in fact grapefruit is rich in citric acid which stimulates the production of digestive enzymes, without making the stomach acid.
- Burns Fat: Grapefruit is rich in fiber and nutrients and has a satiating power.
- Drains: Helps the body reduce the absorption of salt, sugar and fat.
- Cleanse the liver : rich in antioxidants that help cleanse the liver.
WHY DRINK THE JUICE?
Grapefruit juice drunk in the morning before breakfast is a real cure-all. Excellent to be enjoyed on an empty stomach, it regulates intestinal functions and is ideal for those who suffer from abdominal bloating.
From grapefruit seeds an extract is obtained that boasts numerous properties. It is considered a natural "antibiotic" and is used in various areas.
Its health activities, which it mainly owes to the flavonoid content, are:
According to numerous studies it has been shown that grapefruit is able to significantly increase the bioavailability of various medicines, inhibiting the activity of some enzymes that are responsible for the metabolization of drugs in the liver. These include statin drugs to lower cholesterol, some sedatives, calcium channel blockers (used to treat high blood pressure) and some antibiotics. The slowed metabolization of these drugs would lead to a potentially harmful accumulation in the body.