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The Benefits of Grapefruit for Colon Health

The Benefits of Grapefruit for Colon Health

The Benefits of Grapefruit for Colon Health

The tart, bitter tang of grapefruit is a taste of sunshine in the mouth. Grapefruit is also full of rich vitamins and nutrients--a super-food, if you will--because it is so healthy for us. Grapefruit juice ranks as one of the highest ranking juices in antioxidants, molecules which are known for their cancer-fighting properties. Antioxidants combat free radicals, harmful substances that cause damage to cells in the body and are ultimately responsible for disease. Here are three types of antioxidants that grapefruit contains:

  • Vitamin C- One specific type of antioxidant in grapefruit is vitamin C, which helps our immune system fight off disease. Vitamin C also prevents free-radical damage to our cells. Free radicals are associated with conditions like asthma, arthritis, heart attack and stroke. Vitamin C helps neutralize the effects of free radicals, so eating a diet high in fruits such as grapefruit can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
  • Flavonoids- This antioxidant slows down the production of cancer cells.
  • Lycopene- This carotenoid gives pink and red grapefruit their gorgeous color. Lycopene seems to have anti-tumor properties and has the highest capacity to fight free radicals. Eating foods that contain lycopene and drinking green tea may be linked to lower risk of prostate cancer in males.

New research from the American Chemical Society supports adding more grapefruit juice into our diet. Drinking 18 ounces of grapefruit juice per day proved to reduce the activity of an enzyme that activates cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke. In rats, grapefruit compounds increased the destruction of colon cancer cells and promoted the production of normal colon cells

As we all seek to add more fruits and vegetables to our diet, put grapefruit at the top of your list. Whether eaten whole or drunk in the form of grapefruit juice, you are equipping your body with antioxidants to fight cancer cells. Although more research needs to be done to show exactly how grapefruit protects against cancer and how effective it is, grapefruit clearly is a fruit that has healing and restorative properties (Source: WHFoods.com).

 

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posted on September 16, 2013 in news