Does ruby red grapefruit lower blood pressure?
The plump, juicy and sweet-tart flavored giant citrus fruit misnamed grapefruit is an amazingly refreshing and energizing fruit you should have for breakfast to keep you going all day long. The good news is, it is not only tasty and rejuvenating, it is also terrifically healthy. What is even better is that Florida grapefruit put the zing and zest in Christmas since the grapefruit season is from November to May.
Types of Grapefruits
There are a few varieties of grapefruits to choose from with skin colors ranging from gold to green, to yellow to blood red, with a full gamut of flavors inside each wonderful variety.
- White Grapefruit – White grapefruit, also called yellow grapefruit, is the acidic and least sweet grapefruit of all the varieties available in the market. It has an intense, zesty aroma.
- Oro Blanco – known as “white gold” Oro Blanco is a sweet grapefruit that is a cross between a white grapefruit and pomelo. It has bright green to vivid yellow thick rind and sweet flesh that is minimally bitter.
- Pink – pink grapefruit has sweet, mildly tangy fruit that is great for juicing. It falls between the red and white grapefruits when it comes to color and taste complexity.
- Red Grapefruit – Red grapefruit is a natural or radiation induced mutation of white/pink fleshed grapefruit. Red grapefruits are sweet, juicy and have pink flesh that ranges from bright red to deep crimson red.
Ruby Red Grapefruits
The ruby red grapefruit is a base-ball sized fruit with cheery-yellow rind tinged with pink blush. The flesh is bright-red and is sweet and juicy. The ruby grapefruit is great eaten fresh but can also be used to make juice, smoothie, salad and seafood recipe.
Ruby red grapefruit has many health benefits; it can help rehydrate the body due to its high water content, may speed weight loss, has hefty dose of vitamins A and C that can help boost the immune system and help control blood sugar.
Now the main question is “Can it help lower blood pressure”?
The answer is yes! Ruby red grapefruit can help to naturally lower blood pressure.
- An international study, with results published in an article in the 2006 issue of “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” stated that red grapefruit’s blend of antioxidant-rich vitamins and carotenoids are effective in lowering triglyceride levels and LDL cholesterol levels, and at the same time stimulating anti-oxidant activity in the bloodstream.
- Red grapefruits also contain high potassium levels that help neutralize the negative effects of sodium.
These translate to blood flowing freely and easily to and from our vital organs, naturally lowering our blood pressure.
Take note though, if you are taking blood pressure medication it is best to consult your doctor before adding grapefruit to your daily diet since a certain enzyme in grapefruit juice breaks down certain medications much faster and nix the effectiveness of the medicine you are taking; for some it causes them to absorb the medicine faster while for some they absorb less of the medicine.