The grapefruit is a large orange-like fruit that belongs to the citrus family. Unlike the other members, grapefruit is a new addition to the family as a cross between orange and pomelo. It is called a grapefruit simply because it grows in clusters, like grapes.
However, grapefruits vary in hue from red, pink, yellow and white. The diameter of a grapefruit is vary depending on its variety, can range between four and six inches. It is caused by albedo or white matter under the skin that is about a quarter to half an inch thick. The taste of a grapefruit can be bitter, sour and sometimes sweet.
Grapefruits are low in calories but full of nutrients. They help you lose weight if consumed as part of an overall healthy diet, lower the risk for many diseases and conditions, and support clear, healthy skin.
What are the Health Benefits of Grapefruit?
Grapefruit juice contains natural sugars, citric acid, and essential oils like citral, pinene, and limonene. It has high amounts of vitamin C that is known very effective against flu and cold, and smaller amounts of vitamin K, E, B complex, and A.
When eating a grapefruit, peel off the skin but leave as much of the albedo intact as possible, because it contains a huge amount of valuable anti-cancer agents and bioflavonoids.
Weight-loss: This fruit has a fat-burning enzyme that help reduce and absorb the sugar and starch in the body. It is widely consumed by people who are trying to lose weight.
Pancreatic and stomach cancers: The anti-cancer agents in grapefruit are known to be protective against these cancers in the digestive system.
Sore throat: Drinking a grapefruit juice helps relieve soothes coughs and sore throats.
Pregnant woman: The vitamin C and bioflavonoids contents help to reduce swelling of the legs and water retention during pregnancy.
Insomnia: Drink a glass of grapefruit juice before bedtime to alleviates insomnia and promote sleep.
Fever: Drink grapefruit juice to help reduce fever.
Fatigue: A glass of grapefruit juice mixed with honey and lemon juice can help to dispel all tiredness and fatigue from your body.
Digestive disorder: Eat the fruit together with its albedo to promote digestion by increasing the flow of gastric juices, and aids bowel movements.
Diabetes: If you are a diabetic, then you can safely eat this fruit. In fact, more consumption of grapefruit will help reduce the sweets and starches in the body.
Cholesterol: Eat a grapefruit is known to help reduce the excessive production of cholesterol from the liver.
Common cold: A cold is usually a sign that you are overworked. Drink of grapefruit during a stressful period gives your body the boost needed to prevent it coming.
Breast cancer: The bioflavonoids content in a grapefruit was discovered able to halt cancer cells from spreading in breast cancer patients.
Atherosclerosis: The vitamin C in this fruit is great to maintain and strengthen the elasticity of arteries, and the Pectin content is effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits.
Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a substance derived from the pulp, membranes, and seeds of grapefruit. The product, when made naturally, is rendered by grinding the grapefruit pulp and seed until finely pulverized. Once this has been achieved, glycerin is added to the mixture.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is used as a non-toxic, antimicrobial product. GSE is also used as a preservative, antiseptic and purifier. Even in studies comparing its effectiveness to colloidal silver, isopropyl alcohol, and chlorine bleach. GSE has been found to be superior as an antimicrobial and highly effective for fighting infection and promoting health.
GSE is generally sold as a natural additive in cosmetics and other beauty products, and as a food supplement. According to Dr. Sachs’ book “The Authoritative Guide to Grapefruit Seed Extract”, GSE can help a variety of ailments, such as:
Cleansing produce. Add a few drops of GSE to the water. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. This will help destroy any E. coli or Salmonella bacteria.
Water purification. Add 10 to 25 drops of GSE into a gallon of water. Shake and let it sit for several minutes. However, this will cause the water will have a bitter taste.
Ulcers. Use 1 capsule dissolved in 12 ounces of water, and take it with one meal per day.
Traveler’s Diarrhea. Use 1 – 2 drops of GSE in a glass of water each day as a preventative.
Sore throats. Dilute 2 – 3 drops of GSE in water and use it as a gargle.
Sinusitis. Using a spray atomizer, add two drops of GSE and a pinch of salt. Shake well and spray into nose.
Parasites. Add 20 – 25 drops of GSE in a glass of water or juice, and drink it every four hours, but no more than 60 drops per day.
Diarrhea. Use 15 to 20 drops in a glass of water every four hours.
Dandruff. Add a few drops of GSE into each application of shampoo. Wait for five minutes before rinsing. Avoid contact with eyes, GSE is acidic.
Gingivitis. Dilute 5 to 10 drops of GSE in 6 to 8 ounces of water, and use it as a gargle.
Wounds, cuts, cold sores. Use 1 – 5 drops in 50 drops of water. Frequent application of solution to wound will promote faster healing.
Colds and flus. Take 1 – 2 capsules/tablets or 10 – 15 drops of GSE 3 times a day, at the first signs of cold or flu.
Other Uses of Grapefruit Seed Extract:
- Used by farmers to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases.
- Used in swimming pools or hot tubs to lessen the need for high levels of chlorine.
- It is great for disinfecting kitchenware surface areas, such as: cutting board or knife.
- It is effective for preventing algae growth in any stagnant water.
- Used in nebulizers for control of respiratory infections.
- Used for disinfecting and sterilizing operating rooms.
- Used in carpet cleaners, it is effective in killing Salmonella, Strep, Staph, and other pathogenic organisms.
- Used in the laundry, it kills bacteria and fungi.