Named for the way that the fruit hangs in bunches (like grapes), grapefruit is a nutritious member of the citrus family, is widely recognized for its slightly bitter and sour taste. Grapefruit is the first came in sunny Barbados and is believed to be the result of a natural cross between an orange and Asian pomelo. To date, the largest number of grapefruit is produced by the United States, followed by China and then South Africa.
One thing is certain for grapefruit, namely, that it is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals, and researchers are constantly adding a long list of benefits of grapefruit.
As a member of the citrus family, the grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps to support the immune system and can help to reduce the symptoms of colds. As preferred antioxidant, vitamin C protects the organism against oxidation stress and inflammation associated with asthma and arthritis.
Grapefruit contains salicylic acid, which helps to break down inorganic calcium in the body, which accumulate in the cartilage of the joints and can lead to arthritis, problems with health are faced by so many people, especially the elderly.
Grapefruit seed extracts can be added to the water to spray antiseptic for the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections. Grapefruit is a rich source of lycopene, the carotenoid pigment that is responsible for the rich red color of the grapefruit. Although lycopene is a powerful tool that works against cancers and tumors, because it acts as a scavenger of free radicals carcinogenic.