This Is National Grapefruit Month

Posted by Joe on 2/16/2015 to In The Kitchen
February is National Grapefruit Month, and this is a great time for us to recognize the wonderful health benefits of this amazing fruit. We also should make grapefruit a part of our healthy diet. And as caregivers, we should always do our best to ensure that our loved ones continue to eat healthy to maintain their health.



Some of the many benefits of grapefruit include these:

#1 Heart Protection

If you eat one grapefruit per day, this can lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels by 15% and triglycerides by 26%. Note that the deep red varieties have the most heart protection because they contain the most antioxidants.

Note that grapefruit consumption CAN enhance the potency of some drugs, so check with your loved one's doctor if you are increasing their consumption of this fruit.

#2 Increased Metabolism

Eating grapefruit regularly can make it easier to lose weight.. People who eat 1/2 a grapefruit each day before a meal can shed 3 pounds over 12 weeks. It is thought that the compounds in the fruit help with fat burning. Grapefruit also stabilize the blood sugar.

#3 Improves Immune System

It is well known that fruit that are rich in Vitamin C will improve the immune system. Vitamin C works with many micronutrients in our bodies to keep us healthy. Grapefruit is high in Vitamin C, and provides about 80% of what the body needs each day.

#4 Protects Against Some Cancers

Vitamin C does provide some protection against some cancers, as research shows. A study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry determined that grapefruit can repair DNA that has been damaged in some cancer cells.

As you make grapefruit and other healthy foods as part of your loved one's diet, consider some of our helpful products to make for easier eating for your loved one. The Non-Tilt Top OverBed Table has a height adjustable top and silver vein finish that is perfect for eating in bed:





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