Want variety in your diet? Then eat grapefruit. When combined with oranges, strawberries, and apples, you have a bowl of delicious and nutritious snack or even meal.
When you eat grapefruit, you can:
It can improve lung function.
While eating the right kinds of food is very important for a healthy body, especially the lungs, a recent study cites on the role of food such as grapefruit in improving the lung function of patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder). There’s still no known cure for the progressive disease, but it may be delayed.
The study, which was conducted by the American Thoracic Society, used the data from a longitudinal study called ECLIPSE. This tracks the progress of the disease and helps identify potential biomarkers. Based on their analysis on some of the information, patients who ate fish, banana, and grapefruit had better lung function as their biomarkers for the disease went down.
It can potentially decrease the risk of prostate cancer.
In a study published in Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the fruit is shown to delay the growth or even inhibit the cancer cells that are causing prostate cancer because of its substance called lycopene, a kind of antioxidant that is also found in tomatoes (it’s also the reason why the fruit has a red shade). Based on the research, men who ate plenty of lycopene are less likely to have prostate cancer by as much as 82%, especially if they pair the food with green tea.
Moreover, the fruit has the capability to repair DNA. This is essential information since many studies now claim that cancer develops due to gene and DNA mutations.
It can lower cholesterol levels.
There are two types of cholesterol: good (HDL) and bad (LDL). The bad cholesterol builds up plaque on the arteries and blood vessels that can lead to increased blood pressure, blockage, and sometimes blood clot. The good one, on the other hand, does the opposite.
Contrary to what many people think, you can’t just flush cholesterol out of your body, but you can control it so you’ll have less of the bad and more of the good. One of these is by eating grapefruit, which has pectin.
In a research conducted in animal models, those who received pectin experienced only 24% of arterial narrowing even if they consumed a diet that is high in cholesterol.