Most people think that grapefruit is only related to lemon and orange. It turns out that this is not entirely true. Grapefruit originated from the crossing of a lemon and a little-known pomelo in the post-Soviet space. Until the 30s. In the 19th century, in botany, grapefruit and pomelo were not distinguished at all.
Neuropathologist and psychiatrist Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago, discovered the remarkable properties of grapefruit scent. After conducting a series of experiments, he found that the smell of grapefruit makes women 5-6 years younger in the eyes of men. At the same time, no fragrances have been found to affect how women estimate the age of men.
Scientists at Texas A&M University have found that regular consumption of orange and grapefruit juice prevents the development of osteoporosis. Grapefruit and orange juices increased the activity of antioxidants in promoting bone density.
Antioxidants - vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients - help prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke, scientists say. There are about 400 active ingredients in citrus fruits - it is not known exactly which of these ingredients helps to increase bone strength, but researchers suggest that such a substance is limonoid.
But juice from grapefruit should not be used for drinking medicine, as it can be dangerous for the patient. The consumption of grapefruit juice simultaneously with antihypertensive and other heart drugs is accompanied by an increase in their content in the blood.
For older people, who are more likely to take such pills and often drink calcium-fortified grapefruit juice, this is especially dangerous. Overuse of heart drugs can cause life-threatening complications.
The interaction of grapefruit juice with oral medications is unpredictable. Of course, this juice does not affect the effect of drugs administered intravenously.
Interesting Grapefruit Facts:
- Grapefruit ("grape fruit") got its name because its fruits grow on branches so closely and close to each other, and from a distance resemble large grapes.
- Initially, grapefruit was grown for decorative purposes, later it became an integral part of the dessert table.
- Red (or pink) grapefruit has more vitamin C than regular (yellow) grapefruit.
- Grapefruit is actively used in dentistry with increased sensitivity or bleeding of the gums. Rinse the gums and mouth after eating with an infusion of fruit peel: chopped peel (1 tablespoon) is poured with a glass of boiling water. It is infused in a warm place for about 4 hours.
- Grapefruit juice is effective against freckles, cleanses and whitens the skin of the face and hands, and regulates the fat balance. Can help with edema and hateful cellulite.
- Grapefruit helps to be beautiful and slim: it is part of the popular grapefruit diet. Contains naringin, which stimulates metabolism.
- Grapefruit oil can be added not only to creams or lotions, but also to candles. The scent helps to get rid of the feeling of fatigue, gives self-confidence.
Unfortunately, against the background of positive properties, one cannot do without cons:
- Contraindicated in people with gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer: sour grapefruit juice negatively affects the mucous membrane of the digestive tract.
- Do not get carried away with it and with chronic liver disease (hepatitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis). You need to be careful about grapefruit with hypertension if you are taking any medications at the same time, as well as women who use hormonal drugs.
- American researchers recently stated that there is a link between eating large amounts of grapefruit and the development of cancer (breast) in women, as the fruit increases the level of estrogen in the blood. But these are only guesses, there is no scientific evidence.
Despite this small fly in the ointment, grapefruit today is one of the leading fruits in terms of beneficial properties. This is a gift from nature, and it is foolish not to use it.
Be healthy and beautiful!