The Health Benefits of Grapefruit

The Health Benefits of Grapefruit

The name might inspire images from 1960s diet culture- the grapefruit diet, anyone!?- to delicious palomas on the beach. The grapefruit is beautiful, delicious, and incredibly nutritious.

Both in whole fruit form and in cold-pressed juice form, grapefruits pack a healthful punch. One whole grapefruit, or its equivalent juice, provides your entire recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. Good thing our 100% Marsh Grapefruit Cold Pressed Juice contains seven grapefruits…and nothing else added. Vitamin C is certainly a household name, but its powerful antioxidant properties bolster your immune system to fight against disease-causing bacteria. It certainly deserves its celebrity status. Vitamin C can be found in most citrus fruit juices (you’ll find it in our other citrus juices), but grapefruit has a special status as a rare citrus fruit that contains a high level of vitamin A, or beta carotene. This antioxidant promotes good eye health, strong mucus membranes, and healthy skin. 

In a comprehensive study review by the University of Florida, researchers found that “for many years, studies have shown that the phytochemicals found in grapefruit, such as flavonoids and limonoids, have anti-cancer properties. Other grapefruit flavonoids, including naringin and hesperidin, are also recognized as major bioactive compounds responsible for grapefruit's anti-cancer effects, such as delayed development of breast cancer and leukemia. Other grapefruit furanocoumarins, bergaptol and bergapten (both precursors of bergamottin), have also exhibited inhibitory activities against breast cancer cell growth.” If many of those words sound confusing to you, don’t worry, they did to us, too. In short, many of the flavonoids, or beneficial and natural compounds found in fruits and vegetables, found in grapefruits have been found to help prevent cancerous cell growth. Several of the flavonoids found in grapefruit are most effective when administered all together, making the grapefruit a powerhouse of nutrition.

Grapefruits are treasure troves of healthful goodness. However, they can guard their treasures a bit defensively. There are few fruits so hard to eat they invent entire new spoons for it, the grapefruit holds that title. Health warriors fear not. We’ve done the sticky, sweaty, frustrating work for you. Just crack open a bottle of Twisted Alchemy’s 100% Marsh Grapefruit Cold Pressed Juice and enjoy. 

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