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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi)

Grapefruit is great for your cardiovascular system. This is because it is rich in many chemicals and nutrients that protect arteries,the pectin in grapefruit lowers bad cholesterol and reduces high blood pressure. People with rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from grapefruit, it also helps aid digestion, breakdown fat, boost the immune system, prevent cancer helps with chest congestion and feed the good bacteria. Grapefruit can be used as an anti-inflammatory, dissolve gallstones, cleanse the liver and gallbladder. The key nutrients in grapefruit are, folate, potassium, fibre, iron, fructose, glucose, sucrose, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, calcium, and small amounts of lipid and amino acids. Phytochemicals that are important include alpha and beta carotene, flavo-noid, beta-sitosterol, anthocyanins, lycopene, ellagic acid, and the list goes on and on. When picking a grapefruit you want to pick the smooth, glossy, round, firm, thin skinned fruit that are heavy for their size, with slightly flattened ends. skin scars or discoloration doesn't affect the quality of the fruit. Avoid fruit that is coarse skin, soft, puffy or have pointed ends. Grapefruit are juicier when at room temperature but they last long when refrigerated. There are risk with taking grapefruit because it is so rich with nutrients you body might have difficulty absorbing it all can may result with kidney stones. It can also boost the strengthen of medication in many cases this is a good thing but in some cases it can cause complication consult with your herbalist or doctor to make sure it is safe to take grapefruit. Grape fruit seeds yield natural antibiotics that is a good alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics. The seed extract fight bacteria and fungi. Always dilute liquid forms of extracts as it can be harmful for your mouth. Some people experience flatulence or mild stomach irritation but for the most part it is safe and quick to work.
Purify Water
Add 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract per gallon of water. Shake or stir vigorously and let it sit for a few minutes. Because of the inherent taste of grapefruit seed extract you might notice a slightly bitter taste but it is not harmful. Always to at least a simple filtration to remove suspended particles. 
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