Grapefruits contain many healthy ingredients that have various beneficial effects. Among other things, they inhibit inflammation and, thanks to the antioxidants they contain, can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. They also reduce the risk of premature death.
In addition to the antioxidants already mentioned, grapefruit also contains a lot of vitamin C and vitamin A. The healthy fruit also has a high fiber content and a low glycemic index, which is beneficial for blood sugar levels.
Protection against inflammation
In addition, grapefruit essential oils contain compounds such as monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, alcohols, aldehydes, esters and oxides, which may also help protect against inflammation, an Italian research team reported in a study earlier this year.
In a model experiment, the researchers found that grapefruit essential oil has a protective effect against lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation. According to experts, this indicates the great potential of grapefruit for the development of new nutraceuticals and/or functional foods for the treatment of inflammation-related diseases.
Antioxidants protect against oxidative stress
The high antioxidant content in grapefruit may also reduce the risk of chronic oxidative stress-related diseases, according to further research.
Phytochemicals found in citrus fruits such as grapefruits have, among other things, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic effects, which explains why grapefruits and other citrus fruits are so beneficial for protecting against cardiovascular disease and cancer, the experts explain.
Grapefruits and other citrus fruits are rich in vitamins, organic acids, coumarins, terpenoids and flavonoids, making them promising functional foods that provide high health benefits.
Incorporate grapefruits into your diet
Overall, the study results show that including grapefruit in your diet can reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and premature death. (as)