The 5 Unbelievable Benefits Of Grapefruit

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From weight loss to improving your metabolism, grapefruit has some powerful health benefits. Here's why you might want to add them to your daily diet:

1. It Relieves And Prevents Constipation

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It improves the flow of digestive juices, which facilitates the movement of the bowels and keeps your excretory system regulated.

2. Grapefruits Are Full Of Water

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Grapefruit can help you stay hydrated (it's 92% water), giving it one of the highest water contents of any fruit.

3. Speeds Up Your Metabolism

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Researchers at the Scripps Clinic found that participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal in a 12-week period lost an average of 3.6 pounds. This fruit contains naringenin, an antioxidant that helps your body use insulin more efficiently, keeping your blood sugar in check and improving calorie burn.

4. It Lowers Your Bad Cholesterol

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It works as a natural detoxifier; according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, eating just one red grapefruit daily for a month can help to lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 20 percent.

5. The Smell Reduces Stress

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You don't event have to eat it; the smell of this citrus fruit can help you with your stress and anxiety levels, and depression. A 1995 study published in the Japanese Journal of Psychopharmacology found citrus fragrance restored stress-induced immunosuppression, and induced calm behavior in mice.

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