Whenever I am feeling low on energy, I reach for two grapefruits.
What might be considered an odd meal, I find to be a refreshing and simple food for thought: The low calorie, nutrient dense, alkalizing citrus, which is technically a cross between an orange and pomelo, always give me the (pink, juicy) burst of energy I need to kickstart my creative flow and get my head back into a productive space.
Le pamplemousse fantastique, (the fantastic grapefruit) not only has a fabulous French name, but is also loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that will pick you up when you’re feeling down. A fresh grapefruit is best enjoyed when it’s in season from winter through spring, and contains the following nutrients:
- Vitamin C – supports the immune system to prevent sickness, fights cholesterol for improved heart health, and may also reduce the risk of stroke and cancer.
- Copper – aids in the making of collagen, an important protein in the body, balances cholesterol, and supports energy production.
- Vitamin A – supports vision, immune and inflammatory systems, cell development, reproductive health, and cell communication.
- Lycopene – found in red and pink grapefruit, it fights free radicals to prevent tumors and can protect against prostate cancer.
- Limonoids – a member of the phytonutrient family, limonoids promote enzyme growth, leading to detoxification and tumor prevention.
- Pantothenic Acid – metabolizes fat and aids energy production.
- Fiber – pectin, a soluble fiber in grapefruit, slows down the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
- Potassium – maintains normal blood pressure and keeps kidneys healthy by reducing the risk of stones.
- Biotin – a B-complex vitamin that balances blood sugar and supports skin health.
- Vitamin B1 – aids the metabolism of dietary fats & carbohydrates to energy and supports the nervous system.
These nutrients are abundant in nature, and are naturally occurring in whole foods, including fruits and vegetables.
Processed foods on the other hand, like chips, sweets, crackers or candy, might be convenient to reach for when we need a quick pick-me-up, but we too often forget that these foods lack most of the live enzymes, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to maintain their natural balance, prevent disease, and thrive.
Try this experiment at home! How do you feel before and after eating two fresh grapefruits? Let us know below!
Sources:“Grapefruit.” The World’s Healthiest Foods. WHFoods.org, n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.