Grapefruits are an exceptional fruit that have very strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Grapefruits are a great source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help to boost the immune system and prevent aging, illness, and disease. They are known to help with fevers, fatigue, indigestion, insomnia, diabetes, weight loss, influenza, malaria, urinary tract disorders, constipation, and flatulence. Grapefruits are also an anti-cancer powerhouse and are particularly beneficial for prostate, breast, colon, and throat cancers.
Even though grapefruit is thought to be an acidic fruit, it actually has the opposite reaction once inside the body and makes the body more alkaline which is vital for preventing most other diseases.
Grapefruits have the ability to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and fresh grapefruit contains three special compounds; Salicylic acid, Naringin, and Galacturonic acid.
Salicylic acid has proven to be very valuable in helping to remove or dissolve inorganic calcium that may have formed as deposits in the joints such as with arthritis. Naringin is a flavonoid (antioxidant) that has been shown to promote the elimination of old red blood cells from the body and to bring back hematocrit levels to normal. Galacturonic acid (found only in grapefruit) has the ability to break up and dislodge fatty plaque buildup in the arteries and remove it completely from the body.
Externally, fresh grapefruit is a natural antiseptic and can be used to help disinfect and heal wounds and abrasions.
Grapefruit seeds also are a powerful natural medicine. Grapefruit seed extract is extremely effective at killing dozens of bacteria, fungi, yeast, and other harmful organisms. Grapefruit seed extract is also known to quickly and effectively help heal sore throats, food poisoning, diarrhea, candida infections, and acne.
Grapefruits are packed with electrolytes and water making them the perfect food to help replenish and hydrate the body after exercise. For the most health benefits, consume fresh, organic grapefruits.
An inexpensive citrus juicer can provide you with fresh grapefruit juice daily. If you find the sweet-tart flavor too intense, water can always be added to dilute the drink and make it a milder juice.
Another option is to use a high speed blender such as a Vitamix and blend a whole grapefruit (peel removed) on high for a minute or two. The seeds & white pith (where so many of the health properties are stored) will pulverize into the juice and provide you with an ultimate health drink, perfect for breakfast or anytime of the day.
As healthy and healing as grapefruits may be, caution should be used if you are taking certain prescription drugs. If you are on any medication, make sure to consult with your physician and/or pharmacist before consuming.
Grapefruit juice, other grapefruit products and certain other citrus fruits can interfere with several kinds of prescription medications. Don’t take these interactions lightly, as some can cause potentially dangerous health problems. Check with your doctor, homeopath, naturalist or pharmacist before consuming any grapefruit products or citrus fruits if you take prescription medications. You may need to eliminate grapefruit products from your diet. Simply taking your medication and grapefruit product at different times doesn’t stop the interaction.
Certain chemicals that grapefruit products and citrus fruits contain can interfere with the enzymes that break down (metabolize) various medications in your digestive system. As a result, more medication stays in your body. This can increase the potency of your medication to potentially dangerous levels, causing serious side effects.
Pomelos and Seville oranges, a type of bitter orange often used to make marmalades and compotes, may have a similar effect. Researchers are identifying other foods that also may interact with medications, so check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
Here are a few examples of prescription medications that can have serious interactions with grapefruit products. This is not a complete list of grapefruit-medication interactions, so check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if your medication is affected.
|Examples of grapefruit-medication interactions|
|Type of medication||Medication name|
|Anti-retroviral||Saquinavir (Invirase), indinavir (Crixivan)|
|Anti-seizure||Carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol)|
|Calcium channel blocker||Nifedipine (Procardia), nimodipine (Nimotop), nisoldipine (Sular)|
|Immunosuppressant||Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), tacrolimus (Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune)|
|Statin||Simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor)|