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What Does A Grapefruit Do To Speed Up Metabolism?

What Does A Grapefruit Do To Speed Up Metabolism?

What Does A Grapefruit Do To Speed Up Metabolism?

Grapefruit is hands down, one of my favorite fruits to enjoy!  If you’ve been trying to lose weight and you’ve been looking for a great snack food that will keep you energized between meals without making you feel full or leading you to cheat, grapefruit may be exactly what you’ve been after.  Losing weight with grapefruit can be a big help when you’re getting in shape.

Grapefruit And Vitamin C:

One half of a large grapefruit contains over 57 mg of vitamin C.  According to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, vitamin C’s functions in your body include maintaining a proper immune system and helping to create collagen — a substance found in your cartilage, skin, tendons and scar tissue.  It also functions as an antioxidant, which means it can help prevent damage to your body from free radicals.  Men need 90 mg of vitamin C per day, while women need 75 mg per day.

Grapefruit And Dietary Fiber:

The grapefruit contains 1.8 g of dietary fiber in a single half. Maintaining healthy levels of fiber in your diet can help keep your digestive system functioning properly.  Fiber can help reduce your risk for intestinal disorders like diverticulitis or constipation.  The Mayo Clinic recommends that men consume about 38 g of fiber daily until age 50, after which they should consume about 30 g daily.  Women should consume about 25 g daily until age 50, and 21 g daily thereafter.

Grapefruit For Weight Loss?What Does A Grapefruit Do To Speed Up Metabolism?

YES!  Because grapefruit is low in sodium and calories, it is an excellent food for dieters.  One half of a grapefruit contains only 74 calories, making it a food that the dieter can freely consume, guilt-free.  Grapefruit also contains high amounts of enzymes and potassium that are known to burn fat.  The water content in grapefruit is also high (90 percent), which helps increase metabolism, which in turn aids weight loss.

Grapefruit And DNA:

A particular flavonoid present in grapefruits called Naringenin is useful in repairing damaged DNA in human prostate cancer cells.  The repair of human DNA is one of the major mechanisms to prevent the development of cancer, because it removes cancer-causing mutations in the cells.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can produce unwelcome interactions with certain prescription drugs, so you should consult with your physician or pharmacist before taking some drugs and consuming grapefruit simultaneously.  For example, grapefruit increases the amount of statin in the system, which can cause rhaddomyolysis, a condition that can trigger temporary muscle weakness or paralysis.  If this article on grapefruit was helpful, please leave a comment right below my bio or hit the share button to share with your friends  :-)

Thanks for Reading!

Chris

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Originally born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts (love my Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins!) I made my trek northward to the beautiful state of Maine back in October 2003 after marrying my college sweetheart. We began a family in 2004 and I am happy to say that we have 4 happy, healthy, beautiful children that bring an amazing amount of joy to our lives! I am also a type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed back in 2006 (out of the blue), at a routine doctors visit. Diabetes has single handed-ly been the biggest obstacle that I have faced in my life. At the time I had no idea of what a roller coaster ride I would be in for, I mean really, what's a couple finger sticks a day and a couple shots of insulin for food...this will be easy, I got this! Well 2 ER visits later, I quickly found out that this was no joke, and if I wanted to see my little ones grow up, this was something that I needed to take seriously! Little by little as we began to digest all of the information that was being thrown at us...fast acting insulin, short acting insulin, lancets, test meters, test strips, ketone sticks, carb counting, food groups, glucagon emergency kits, insulin pumps, glucose monitors...OMG, my head was spinning like a top!! After a couple of crazy years, I can happily say that I am well controlled and feel absolutely amazing! Not to be lost in all of this either is the amazing support of my wife. She has been my rock! She has been with me every step of the way, from 2am finger sticks to helping me change out a failed pump in the middle of a crowded restaurant. She truly is an amazing wife and mom and I can't imaging my life without her love and support- love you babe!

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