Grapefruit isn’t just a tangy citrus served best with breakfast. More than a pucker-provoking fruit, the grapefruit- a hybrid between a large sour citrus fruit called the shaddock and the sweet orange, serves several specific purposes- the seeds, skin, pulp, juice and all. To really reap grapefruit’s natural rewards, be sure to buy organic from a farmer’s market or local nature food store, or better yet, grow your own—tastes less tart and comes without chemicals.
Eat Grapefruit to Fight Fat
Grapefruit is pretty much a dieter’s dream. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what works and what doesn’t, but studies do show that people who consumed either half a grapefruit three times a day, before every meal lost an average of 3.6 pounds after 3 months. Another study showed that upping your Vit C (like in grapefruit) can help you burn 30% more fat while working out. AND citrus is a known fat-fighter, minimizing fats’ effectiveness and actually liquefying the sticky stuff, making it less likely to latch on and bulk you up.
Grapefruit Essential Oils Banish the Blues
Deeply imbedded in the outer peel of the fruit lies the grapefruit’s essential oil glands. If extracted carefully, a ton of fruit produces 1.5 pounds of oil suitable for aromatherapy purposes. Cheerful, invigorating, energetic and even slightly euphoric, grapefruit essential oil can help banish the blues.
Apply Grapefruit to the Skin to Rid Acne
When applied to the skin, grapefruit extract simultaneously stimulates, purifies, and, packs a naturally powerful antiseptic punch against even the most pesky pimples.
Eat Grapefruit to Fight Infections
Grapefruit seed extract, derived from the seeds, membranes, and pulp of the fruit, have an extraordinary ability to perform both internally and externally against many bacterial and fungal infections by stimulating the immune system and helping to alkalize the body.