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10 Reasons To Eat More Of This One Incredible Fruit (Gotta Love #5)
It’s a little bit sour, really juicy, and has more benefits than you can shake a stick at. What is this powerful fruit from South America that is a natural hybrid between a pomelo and an orange? It’s a grapefruit! Just the mere mention of the name is probably making your lips puckers and your mouth start salivating!
Typically served on American breakfast tables, grapefruits are overflowing with vitamin C and other important nutrients that can do a whole lot more than just spice up your breakfast plate. If you love grapefruit — or even if you don’t — you will want to keep reading and find out what this large and lovely fruit has to offer you.
1. Reduces Stress
This is one thing most people never think of when they dip into that juicy grapefruit half. In fact, you don’t even have to eat one to get this benefit. Studies have shown that just the smell of grapefruit can inhibit stress and anxiety. One study, published in the 1995 Japanese Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that grapefruit and other citrus fragrances restored the stress-induced suppression of the immune system and induced a sense of calm in studies done with stressed mice. Aroma therapists believe that the scent of grapefruit can cheer and energize the mind, which is perhaps why so many people enjoy starting the day with this tasty fruit.
2. An Amazing Boost To The Immune System
Large amounts of vitamin C can help prevent the common cold or lessen the symptoms of one should you become infected. Vitamin C is well-known for improving the immune system. In fact, without vitamin C, your immune system would fall apart! In addition to improving the immune system, vitamin C has protective effects when it comes to cancer of the stomach and oral cancers. Grapefruit also fights free radicals in the body, which cause damage to us on a cellular level.
3. Fights And Reverses Gum Disease
Scientists have conducted studies showing that consuming two grapefruits every day can help prevent and even reverse the damage caused by gum disease. Now that is a whole lot of grapefruit, but even eating one each day can go a long way towards improving your overall oral health. Grapefruit inhibits those nasty free radicals we have been telling you about. Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss. When you have gum disease, that bacteria can travel throughout the body, and even cause heart disease.
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