Disclaimer: Consuming grapefruit can be harmful for those who take certain medications. Visit www.Heart.org for more information, and consult a doctor if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to eat grapefruit.
There’s a lot to love about grapefruit: it’s both sweet and tart, and makes the perfect snack or addition to a healthy breakfast.
But grapefruit holds a lot more than just juice: according to Heart.org, this fruit has the power to help transform our bodies. Below are five health benefits of eating grapefruit regularly — grab a spoon and dig in!
- Helps the body heal
The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that half a medium grapefruit has only 41 calories and nearly half a day’s recommended supply of vitamin C. The benefits of vitamin C are huge — it is a nutrient that the body uses to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones, and it is vital to the healing process.
- Promotes healthy blood pressure
According to Karen Collins, a registered dietician who specializes in cancer prevention and heart health, grapefruit is a “reasonable source of potassium,” which helps maintain healthy blood pressure. Harvard Health states that potassium also helps regulate the heartbeat and ensures proper function of the muscles and nerves.
- Can help prevent stroke and heart disease
Grapefruit contains natural plant compounds called phytochemicals called flavonoids, which studies show can help prevent stroke and heart disease. They are also good sources of beta carotene, a source of vitamin A, and the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to lower stroke risk.
For more information, visit www.Heart.org.