Pink Grapefruit Benefits

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Pink Grapefruit Benefits
The pink colour of the flesh is the signature trait of a pink grapefruit (pink grapefruit image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.com)

According to WHFoods.com, pink grapefruit offers a number of health benefits. However, consumption of this fruit in addition to particular pharmaceutical drugs, such as felodipine and verapamil, can result in a more potent drug dosage and should therefore be avoided. The pink grapefruit is part of the citrus family, along with the orange and the lemon. All grapefruits have yellow skin. It is the colour of the edible flesh inside that determines whether the fruit is a yellow or a pink grapefruit.

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Vitamin C

Like all citrus fruits, the pink grapefruit is extremely high in Vitamin C. This is beneficial to the body as it aids in building and maintaining an effective immune system, which means that the body is then able to fight off harmful viruses such as colds and flu. Vitamin C also helps to fight off free radicals, which reduces the risk of heart problems.

Lycopene

The pink colour of the grapefruit is created by the presence of lycopene in the fruit. According to WHFoods.com the regular intake of foods high in lycopene can benefit the body by reducing the risk of cancer. Lycopene is also an antioxidant and is known protect the cells from damaging free radicals, which can cause tumours.

Lower Cholesterol

Eating grapefruit regularly can aid in the reduction of cholesterol in the blood. The pink grapefruit is more effective in lowering cholesterol levels than the blond grapefruit due to its higher content of bioactive compounds. Lowering cholesterol greatly reduces the risk of heart disease.

Weight Loss

According to HappyJuicer.com the pink grapefruit can be used to lose weight as it reduces insulin levels within the body. High levels of insulin prevent the body from burning energy effectively. By incorporating pink grapefruit into the diet, insulin levels can be lowered. This can help to build a faster metabolism, which can aid in weight loss.

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