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Three of the nutritional and health benefits of grapefruits are as follows:
1. Grapefruits are rich in nutrientsGrapefruit are nutrient-rich foods that are low in calories as well. Half a medium size grapefruit contains 52 calories, 13 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of protein. Half of a grapefruit gives you 64 per cent of your daily vitamin C requirements, 28 per cent of vitamin A, 2 per cent of calcium and 2 per cent of magnesium. They also contain vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and copper. They are rich in antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene and phytonutrients limonoids and naringenin.
2. Grapefruits lowers blood pressure and improves heart healthNutrients like fibre, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C and choline are essential for heart health. Research has found that fresh red grapefruit lowers blood lipid levels especially triglycerides, and bad LDL cholesterol. Another study found that a diet high in potassium (found in abundance in grapefruit) lowers risk of death from ischemic heart disease, reduces risk of stroke and lowers blood pressure. The pectin grapefruit slows down the progression of atherosclerosis.
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