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These amazing benefits of grapefruit will impress you

Grapefruit can boost your immunity. © Shutterstock

Grapefruit also called as chakotra, is a subtropical citrus fruit which is sour and slightly bitter taste. But, it has an insane amount of health benefits.

Written by Aishwarya Vaidya |Published : February 1, 2019 8:38 AM IST

Do you know that grapefruit is abundant in Vitamin A, carotene and lycopene and can help you enhance your wellbeing? Moreover, pink and red grapefruits are jam-packed with beta carotene, flavonoids, terpens and limonoids. Not only this, they are rich in Vitamin C and A, fibre, potassium, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, pyridoxine and thiamine along with iron and copper. You will be able to shed those excess kilos and get rid of your cholesterol problems if you eat this fruit. Here, we brief you why you should include it in your daily diet.

It can help you manage your blood pressure and heart health

You will be surprised to know that the fibre, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C, and choline present in grapefruit can be beneficial for your heart. Several studies also suggest that having 4069 milligrams (mg) of potassium per day can help lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Hence, grapefruit which is loaded with potassium can be a good option. Moreover, increasing your potassium intake is also vital for bringing your numbers down because if its powerful vasodilation effects. It can help in dilatation of blood vessels, which decreases blood pressure.

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It can be helpful for your liver

"Grapefruit has a number of liver detoxifying and cleansing agents like antioxidants and phytonutrients (limonoids), owing to which you will be able to help excrete toxic from your liver. Thus, it also carries naringenin which causes the liver to burn fat instead of storing it," says Ankita Ghag, Clinical Dietician, InBody India.

It can help you manage your cholesterol levels

Want to keep your cholesterol in check? Then, grapefruit can be a good option for you. "The antioxidants in grapefruit can help reduce cholesterol levels in your body," informs Ghag. Few studies revealed that eating grapefruits can help decrease cholesterol level up to 15 per cent and may lower triglyceride levels up to 17 per cent.

It can help you enhance your vision

Pink and red grapefruits are jam-packed with beta carotene which can be beneficial for your eye health as it can help you keep your vision intact. "The fruit is loaded with Vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants like naringenin and naringin and so on, which are essential in maintaining good eye health," highlights Ghag.

It can help you battle the bulge

"Grapefruits can help people melt their fat and stay in top shape," says Ghag. Grapefruits can help lower insulin and instead of storing sugar and converting them to fats, it uses it as a fuel which can help you lose weight. It is abundant in water-soluble fibre and helps you stay full for a longer period of time. Furthermore, you will be able to block the absorption of carbs in your body if you eat grapefruits. Not only this, you will be able to roast your fat if you also sip on some grapefruit juice. Thus, your weight loss goal can be achieved as it is also high in enzymes which help you get rid of your fats and enhances your metabolism.

It can help ease your digestion process

"Owing to its water and fibre content, grapefruit can help treat constipation and improve your digestion process," says Ghag.

It can help boost your immunity

"Grapefruit has vitamin C and can strengthen your immunity," informs Ghag. Vitamin C tends to work along with other micronutrients which provide good nourishment for the body.

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