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According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, grapefruit is a powerhouse of nutrition and an excellent source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin A, potassium, folate, vitamin B5, and phytochemicals such as liminoids and lycopene:
- Vitamin C helps to support the immune system and fight free radical damage.
- Lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient, appears to have anti-tumor activity.
- Limonoids inhibit tumor formation by promoting the formation of a detoxifying enzyme.
- Pectin is a form of soluble fiber that has been shown in animal studies to slow the progression of atherosclerosis.
In addition, studies have revealed that eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice, reduces the risk of kidney stones, protects against lung and colon cancer, significantly increases the production and activity of liver enzymes responsible for eliminating toxins from the body, and helps repair damaged DNA in human prostate cancer cells.
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