Grapefruit, which is consumed frequently to prevent diseases, strengthens the immune system because it has a strong antioxidant effect due to its vitamin C content. Grapefruit, like all citrus fruits, is low in calories and contains almost no fat, and is frequently included in diet lists for weight control. However, it is necessary to be very careful when consuming grapefruit, which can interact with some drugs. Dyt. from Memorial Kayseri Hospital Nutrition and Diet Department. Merve Sır gave information about grapefruit, the indispensable fruit of winter months.
Grapefruit is a source of vitamin C
Grapefruit, a tropical fruit, is a juicy fruit rich in minerals and vitamins. Grapefruit, which is low in calories, can also be used in meals with its sour, slightly bitter and salty taste in the mouth. Grapefruit contains plenty of vitamin C, as well as fiber and pectin, which gives a feeling of satiety. The pink variety is usually sweeter than the yellow variety and is rich in lycopene, the carotenoid that protects cells. Grapefruit, which has transitional colors from orange to red, is also counted among the fruits that help diet. Like all citrus fruits, it is low in calories, contains almost no fat and contains all valuable healthy components.
It reduces the risk of cancer
The pink color of the grapefruit is due to the plant pigment lycopene, which also turns the tomato red. Lycopene is believed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Vitamin C in grapefruit is important for the development of connective tissue. About three grapefruits meet an adult's daily requirement of 100 milligrams of vitamin C. However, it is not appropriate to get the vitamin C that the body needs by consuming only 3 grapefruits. B vitamins in grapefruit play a role in various metabolic processes in the body.
May interact with medications
Grapefruit in terms of minerals; It contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphate. The 'naringin' in grapefruit gives the fruit its bitter taste. But naringin in grapefruit and grapefruit juice is a substance that interacts with medications. It plays a role along with other phytochemicals found in grapefruit. For example, while consuming grapefruit juice weakens the effect of some drugs, it can also increase the effect of some drugs. Therefore, those who have to take medication should be cautious about consuming grapefruit and its juice. Possible interactions of drugs in the instructions for use should always be carefully read and specialist physicians should be informed about their unexpected effects. For this reason, excessive consumption of grapefruit with the following drug groups is not recommended.
Cholesterol medications that should be used continuously,
Medicines used for heart rhythm disorder,
Antidepressants used for psychological diseases,
A group of blood pressure medications and corticosteroids.
very low in calories
The high vitamin C content of grapefruit is well known. 100 grams of grapefruit meets 60% of the vitamin C needed by the body. Compared to other citrus fruits, grapefruit is very low in calories. It has an average of only 100 to 40 kilocalories per 50 grams. The low calorie content is due to the large amount of water. In addition, 100 grams of grapefruit contains 8 grams of sugar, a very small amount of fat, and various vitamins and minerals.
Diabetics should be careful
Grapefruit should be consumed strictly under supervision to get the best results in the diet. The diet should be varied and balanced. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice help the body's drainage. However, it should not be forgotten that grapefruit has an indirect effect on fat burning, not a direct one. Therefore, in addition to consuming grapefruit, regular exercise should be done and attention should be paid to a balanced diet. Otherwise, it will not be possible to lose weight by consuming grapefruit. The beneficial effect in grapefruit is produced by a flavonoid called naringenin. This substance is also found in other citrus fruits. Naringenin is known to activate certain proteins that help the liver burn fat. Diabetics can include grapefruit in their diet. However, the amount of portion should be determined by nutritionists.
Grapefruit seeds are also beneficial.
Substances in grapefruit seeds have a deadly effect on harmful bacteria and viruses, as well as fungi. This effect is noticeable when used in the appropriate dose. Due to its antimicrobial effect, grapefruit seeds are among the best natural antibiotics.
It has been determined that the combination of grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil provides the best antibacterial results against MRSA, known as the supervirus.
The core prevents inflammatory changes in pancreatic tissue. The reason for this protective effect is the flavonoid, which is the antioxidant substance found in grapefruit seed extract.
Grapefruit seed reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
It also has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, as it helps to lower high blood pressure.