Due to its astringent and bitter taste, grapefruit is not loved by everyone. Others like its specific bitterness and aroma. In any case, it is extremely healthy and its intake - especially in the form of juice, has countless benefits for the body.
Improves the metabolism
Grapefruit juice can help burn fat, as it works in two important ways for weight loss - it speeds up the metabolism and has a detoxifying effect. And also it suppresses the feeling of hunger. The juice stimulates digestion, increases the secretion of gastric juices, as well as it stimulates the lazy intestines and successfully fights constipation. At the same time, grapefruit juice contains minimal calories and a very low glycemic index.
Helps control diabetes
Grapefruit juice is very good for diabetics - not only because of its low sugar content, but also because of the naringenin content in the fruit. This substance improves the body's response to insulin, which acts prophylactically and therapeutically for insulin resistance. It also lowers the blood sugar levels, which helps control the disease and is a great way to prevent type II diabetes.
Reduces high cholesterol
The high content of pectin in grapefruit juice, as well as the presence of limonin in it help reduce the levels of bad cholesterol. It is enough to drink one glass of grapefruit juice a day and soon your cholesterol will return to normal. Its regular use cleanses accumulated plaque in blood vessels. This acts prophylactically against cardiovascular diseases, which are the scourge of our times.
Grapefruit juice is a real vitamin bomb - the content of vitamin C in it is very high. This vitamin is of great importance for good immunity. Its increased amount in the juice protects against flu, colds and helps you deal with viral and bacterial infections quicker. The juice also strengthens the blood vessels and acts as a natural antibiotic.
Not recommended for when taking medication
However, few know that grapefruit juice, as well as grapefruit itself can affect the action of certain drugs. On the one hand, they reduce their effectiveness, on the other hand - joint use can lead to excessive accumulation of drugs and intoxication. It is especially dangerous to drink grapefruit juice regularly while taking medication for cardiovascular disease, mental disorders, contraceptives, allergy and asthma control, as well as gastrointestinal diseases.