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The immune boosting properties of grapefruit

April 25, 2014 • Diet, Domestic Goddess, Health Matters

Grapefruit is a natural detoxifier, acting on the digestive system and liver. Its detoxifying action, combined with a strong growth-inhibiting effect on bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses, means that grapefruit can be beneficial in immunodeficiency states, as well as for colds and flu. Grapefruit contains a wealth of protective phytochemicals that enhance immunity and wound healing, and may inhibit tumour growth. Although citrus fruits in general are best avoided by those suffering from autoimmune disorders, there is evidence that grapefruit improves some inflammatory conditions.

Grapefruit is an effective pick-me-up when stress takes its toll or energy levels. It also aids healing by strengthening bones, blood vessels and other tissues. The soluble fibre in grapefruit helps lower blood cholesterol (and other blood fats) by binding with excess cholesterol and bile acids and promoting their excretion from the body. This makes it useful in the prevention and treatment of heart and artery disease and gallstones. By aiding digestion and waste elimination, grapefruit relieves constipation. The fruit also inhibits the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones by reducing the amount of calcium salts in the urine.

Grapefruit boosts fat metabolism, which explains its popularity as a “fat burning” aid in weight loss diets. An average serving of grapefruit is less than 100 calories and yet its high fibre content helps satisfy hunger. Its bitter principles aid the digestion of other foods, thus enabling dieters to to gain maximum nutritional value from their meals, while keeping their appetite under control.

Criticidal – grapefruit seed extract – is a natural, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent active against streptococci, staphylococci, salmonella, mycobacteria and other pathogens. Grapefruit oil is a powerful astringent and antiseptic that can be used to cleanse oily skin and as a gentle treatment for acne and other minor skin conditions.

Article sourced from and with kind thanks to The Complete Guide to Nutritional Health.

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