Grapefruit, Alzheimer's and Cancer
Sticking with a theme, here I will point out the other wonderful health benefits of eating grapefruit and drinking fresh grapefruit juice. As far as which color grapefruits are the best, my favorites have always been the pink. But I have fasted with great success using traditional yellow grapefruits from a friends tree and I have always loved the sweet flavor of the ever-elusive pummelo grapefruit.
Grapefruit is one of our citrus fruits that are, of course, high in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support your immune system and can reduce the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as those in rheumatoid arthritis. It helps prevent free-radical damage therefore protecting you from certain cancers and even promote heart health by preventing plaque buildup in the arteries.
Grapefruits are high in the phytonutrients lycopene and limonoids. Both of these seem to inhibit tumor formations. Limonoids have a detoxifying enzyme that helps the liver to turn toxic substances into water and then eliminate them. Lycopene has the ability to fight oxygen free radicals that can damage cells and lead to cancer.
Studies have found that foods with lycopene and green tea have a synergistic effect - they make each other more powerful. Consumption of both have proven to reduce risk of prostate cancer by a whopping 86%.
Another study published in the American Journal of Medicine showed that long-term fruit juice consumption protected against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's by providing phenols and other compounds that have anti-oxidant activity.