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The Natural Benefits: Grapefruit


This bright, flavorful citrus fruit boosts your immune system and is a great source of antioxidants.

What It Has

Carotenoids: These plant pigments give fruits their bright hue. They support eye health and have antioxidant properties.

Fiber: Grapefruit has about 2 grams of fiber per serving, which helps make you feel full and aid digestion.

Expert Take

Grapefruit has more flavanones, giving it antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that can soother cold symptoms and tome skin, says Joseph Vazquez, N.D., a naturopathic physician and assistant professor of clinical sciences at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.

Natural Benefits of Grapefruit

Rejuvenate Your Skin

This mask can help clean acne-causing bacteria from pores, provide antioxidants for skin renewal and anti-aging benefits and calm eczema. Mix juice from ½ medium grapefruit (about ½ cup) with 1 Tbsp honey, then add ½ cup plain Greek Yogurt. Apply a thin coat to face and wait about 5 minutes. Rinse, then pat skin dry.

Relieve A Sore Throat

Cut a medium pink grapefruit into 8 slices, including the rind. Put it in 32 oz of water and add a 3 in. piece of ginger root, sliced into rounds; 4 to 5 Tbsp of minced garlic; and 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Sift out solids and add 1 Tbsp honey per cup of tea.

Soak Away Stress

Combine 1 cup Epsom salts and 3 or 4 drops grapefruit oil extract or the juice of ½ medium grapefruit. Add to a full bathtub of warm water, submerge yourself to your neck, and unwind.

Prevention Magazine – Healing Kitchen, The natural benefits of everyday foods

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