Tart, tangy, and laden with juicy goodness, Grapefruit is low in calories and high in flavor and nourishment.  Loaded with lycopene and other beneficial antioxidants, Grapefruit fights free radicals.  This is important for your ability to LIVE YOUNGER because these highly reactive free radicals can act like dominos, initiating a dangerous chain reaction.  They can damage important cellular features such as DNA or cell membranes, causing these units of life to malfunction or even die.  

Our bodies are miraculously designed with a defense system utilizing a system of antioxidants.  These are rescue molecules that safely interact and stop the injurious chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.  The body cannot manufacture these micronutrient antioxidants, so they must be supplied in food.  Grapefruit is an excellent source of these warrior antioxidants.  Here are three great reasons why this larger cousin-of-the- Orange is a great LIVE YOUNGER strategy:  

  • Lycopene:  This is one of the more potent carotenoid phytonutrients and gives Grapefruit its pink coloration.  In preliminary studies, diets high in lycopene are associated with a reduced risk of a variety of cancers.  
  • Vitamin C:  With its antioxidant benefits well-documented worldwide, Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin and bones.  It is also necessary for brain health in the production of neurotransmitters.  The brain requires a constant supply of micronutrients from food for proper function and overall well-being.  
  • Beta-Carotene:  The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which is essential for vision and eye health, healthy skin and mucous membranes, and for strong immunity.  Some evidence suggests that it may slow cognitive decline.   

There are three typical types of Grapefruit:

  1. White:  Sometimes referred to as Yellow Grapefruits, these have pale-colored flesh and are the least sweet tasting.  This type lacks the beneficial antioxidant lycopene.  
  2. Pink:  This variety has a pink flesh, lots of juice, and a sweeter flavor than White Grapefruit.
  3. Ruby Red:  Boasting the most lycopene content, these are usually smaller and have a sweet, acidic flavor.  

Grapefruit juice can interact with some pharmaceutical drugs, making them more potent.  Grapefruit contains a compound called naringenin, which can slow the normal detoxification of these drugs in the liver and hinder their elimination by the intestines because naringenin can inactivate or down-regulate the enzyme Cytochrome P450 3A4.  A few samples of the interactive drugs include cyclosporine and calcium channel blockers such as felodipine, nifedipine, and verapamil.  The antihistamine terfenadine, the hormone estradiol and the antiviral agent saquinavir are also enhanced by Grapefruit juice.  Current research suggests that people taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs should avoid Grapefruit.  Be sure to investigate any of the drugs you are taking for this side effect as well as for nutrient depletions.  

Grapefruit fights free radicals and provides essential antioxidants.  START SOMEWHERE today adding more fresh, whole food to your world.  You can do it.  I will help you.    

Grapefruit Fights Free Radicals

Grapefruit Fights Free Radicals