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Grapefruit is a popular citrus variety. Commonly served fresh and as a juice, the aromatic and flavorful fruit is also available as essential oils and nutritional supplements. Its wellness benefits include:

  • Supporting healthy digestion.**

  • Promoting circulatory wellness.**

  • Assisting with weight management.**

Read more about Grapefruit

What is Grapefruit?

This well-known citrus fruit, a hybrid between the pomelo and sweet orange, is native to the Caribbean. Its name originates from the way it grows on trees in grape-like clusters, not from its flavor, which can be slightly sweet, tart and even bitter. While its rind is commonly yellowish in color, its pulpy and sectioned interior may range from white to Ruby Red, the latter being one of the most popular varieties for the whole fruit and juice. Cultivated in the southern United States for generations, it is a common breakfast fruit, and gained attention for the low-carb "grapefruit diet" which came into prominence during the 1970s.**

Research has shown that grapefruit, when consumed as fresh fruit, supports circulatory health, particularly blood pressure and blood lipid (cholesterol) balance. Studies have indicated that the fruit also helps to optimize metabolic function and may assist in healthy weight management.**

Specific components of the citrus fruit that are valued for their beneficial qualities include pectin, a natural substance sourced from its peel and pulp. Because of its notable soluble fiber content, this form of pectin is associated with digestive wellness. It additionally aids in upholding ideal cholesterol levels. One investigation suggested that this kind of citrus fiber is effective at regulating low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as "bad" cholesterol.**

In recent decades, research has also pointed to the wellness-promoting properties of the fruit's seed extract. Its antimicrobial and antioxidant attributes have led to links with overall well-being, and the seed has also been tied to maintaining cardiovascular health. Studies have found that the extract modulates blood glucose (sugar) and lipid levels, contributing to optimal circulation. As with the fruit's pectin, its seed extract may additionally encourage healthy digestion.**

Like lemon and orange, this citrus fruit is prized for its various beneficial qualities in aromatherapy. As an essential oil, it is renowned for its zesty and gently energizing scent. The oil is also appreciated for respiratory support and skin health, particularly since it features antiseptic and astringent properties. The essential oil is available in pink or white varieties, with the pink version carrying a subtly sweeter fragrance.**

Grapefruit Products

Grapefruit yields various supplement products, most notably pectin and seed extract. Supplements, which are ideal for those that don't care for the fruit's tangy taste, are generally offered in capsule form. The seed extract is also available as a liquid. The citrus fruit's essential oil is often presented on its own or in beauty products such as soaps, shampoos, creams and lotions.**

Grapefruit Product Directions for Use

Confer with your health care professional before taking this fruit as a regular supplement. There is no set recommended amount, and doses differ based on specific supplemental forms. Pectin and seed extract capsules may supply in the range of 100 to 500 mg.**