grapefruit juice – Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com Organic Juices and Beverages | Love at First Sip Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:04:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://www.unclematts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-umo-logo-on-wood-e1511126022201-32x32.png grapefruit juice – Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com 32 32 The amazing health benefits of grapefruit http://www.unclematts.com/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-grapefruit-2/ Tue, 24 Jul 2018 20:16:18 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3400 more]]> Grapefruit is a member of the citrus family and grapefruit gets its name from the way it clusters on a tree branch (like grapes!). Its origins date back to the early 1800s in the Caribbean; it’s believed to be a cross between a Pomelo and another citrus fruit. According to India’s National Institute of Nutrition, grapefruit contains 92% moisture and is also a low carb fruit loaded in vitamin C, antioxidants, and other minerals. But what makes grapefruit so special? Read on to find out.

1. Reduces Acidity

The citric acid in grapefruit creates an alkaline reaction post digestion. This helps support your body’s natural cold, cough and flu fighters. The bitter properties from the essence called naringin boost the digestive process, aiding to immunity support.

2. Metabolism Booster

Grapefruit contains plant compounds that reduce insulin levels and promote weight loss. Scientists at the American Nutrition and Medical Research Center showed that this fiber rich fruit makes you feel full for longer, thus functioning as an excellent weight loss suppressant. What’s more, lower starches in grapefruit make it a safe alternative for may diabetics hoping to satisfy their sweet tooth.

3. Lowers Stroke Risk

A study by the American Heart Association revealed that eating higher amounts of grapefruit may lower ischemic (blood clot related) stroke and intracerebral stroke risk. Women who consumed a higher quantity of grapefruit had a 19% lower risk than women who consumed the least.

4. Bone Booster

Texas A&M University’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement research demonstrated that both orange and grapefruit juice — when regularly given to lab rats — prevented osteoporosis, long considered an unavoidable disease of aging.

5. Vitamin C… and More

Grapefruit has Vitamin C, but it is now established that phytochemicals contained in grapefruit can also aid symptoms of a myriad of chronic diseases. Epidemiological studies have shown a significant inverse association between grapefruit intake and cardiovascular mortality .What’s more, there is supporting evidence that grapefruit acts as a cancer fighter, too.

With all this goodness surrounding grapefruit, what’s not to love? Stock up on Uncle Matt’s Organic Grapefruit juice, available nationwide. Cheers to your health!

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New study suggests grapefruit juice may help control weight gain http://www.unclematts.com/new-study-suggests-grapefruit-juice-may-help-control-weight-gain/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:10:57 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3175 more]]> Researchers found mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank grapefruit juice

BARTOW, Fla. – As the Florida Grapefruit season ramps up, there may be yet another reason to add the fruit to your grocery list.

A new study, yet to be replicated in humans, suggests drinking a glass of 100% grapefruit juice may help control weight gain and lower blood sugar levels.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank grapefruit juice compared to mice that drank water. The grapefruit juice-drinking mice also had a 13 to 17 percent decrease in blood sugar levels and increased insulin sensitivity.

While the findings are positive, researchers want to further study the exact cause behind them.

Previous research identified naringin, a bioactive compound in grapefruit juice, as a key agent in weight loss. However, a group of mice who received naringin had lower blood sugar levels than the control group but had no difference in weight, suggesting another component of grapefruit juice is also beneficial.

And drinking a glass of grapefruit juice may be as beneficial as taking blood sugar-lowering drugs often prescribed for those with type 2 diabetes, the study shows.

“The grapefruit juice lowered blood glucose to the same degree as metformin,” said Joseph Napoli, one of the UC Berkeley researchers who conducted the study, in a University press release. “That means a natural fruit drink lowered glucose levels as effectively as a prescription drug.”

Released on Oct. 8, the study was funded by the California Grapefruit Growers Cooperative. Researchers emphasized the organization had no control or influence over the study or its findings.

The study used slightly sweetened pulp-free grapefruit juice diluted with water. The researchers also added artificial sweeteners to the control group’s water so it would match the calorie content and sweetness of the grapefruit juice.

The mice were fed either a high-fat or low-fat diet for 100 days and their metabolic health was monitored throughout.

The study did not find as big an impact on mice that ate a low-fat diet, though those that drank grapefruit juice had increased insulin sensitivity. Low insulin sensitivity is associated with type 2 diabetes.

“While we’ve long known grapefruit can be part of a healthy diet, the positive findings of this study are encouraging,” said Doug Ackerman, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “We look forward to seeing the results of further research on the health benefits of grapefruit involving human subjects.”

Fresh Florida Grapefruit season typically begins in October and runs through June.

Source: Florida Dept of Citrus

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The amazing health benefits of grapefruit http://www.unclematts.com/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-grapefruit/ http://www.unclematts.com/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-grapefruit/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:52:19 +0000 http://unclematts.com/?p=2262 more]]>

Merely hearing the name of this juicy fruit, or seeing it in the produce aisle, can make our palates cringe and our face scrunch up. Although the slightly bitter and sour grapefruit may not cater to some taste buds, its red, pink, and white pulp varieties are loaded with vitamins and minerals, which add on to its touted health benefits. The moon-shaped fruit is not only rich in vitamin C, but it also provides us with unexpected benefits — from our immune system to our metabolism.

Lauren Blake, a registered dietician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, believes we should opt for the pink- and red-colored varieties to reap the most benefits of this cancer-fighting fruit. “Pink and red colored grapefruit contain the antioxidant lycopene,” Blake told Medical Daily in an email. “Lycopene appears to have propertied that help fight free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells.” Add this low-calorie fruit to your diet today to uncover the great benefits of grapefruit for your health.

1. Strengthens Immune System

It is well known any fruit rich in vitamin C will strengthen and support our immune system. Vitamin C works with other micronutrients that provide good and regular nourishment for the body. Micronutrient deficiencies of vitamins A, B6, C, and E have been found to alter immune responses in animals and are thought to have a similar effect on the human immune response.

Maintaining good levels of vitamin C in the body can reduce the severity of cold symptoms, acting as a natural antihistamine. This makes it helpful in controlling allergies, since it reduces histamine levels. “Grapefruit is abundant in vitamin C which help supports the immune system,” Blake said. “Half of a grapefruit provides about 78 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.”

2. Boosts Metabolism

Grapefruit is a popular diet staple among those looking to lose weight. A high metabolism can continue to burn fat in the body even when it is resting. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found people who ate half a grapefruit before each meal, without making any other dietary changes, lost an average of 3 and a half pounds over 12 weeks.

The copious amount of enzymes, high-water content, and less sodium helps burn fat easily. Blake said: “While grapefruit does not have any magical fat-burning properties, it is low in calories and is a good source of fiber, which helps keep us full for longer by taking longer to digest. … Grapefruit also has a high water content which can help you feel full and stay hydrated.”

3. Reduces Kidney Stones Risk

Naringenin — known for its bitter taste of grapefruit — has been found to successfully prevent the formation of kidney cysts. According to a report by AlphaGalileo.org, the naturally occurring compound regulates the PKD2 protein that is responsible for the condition. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects not only help prevent the formation of cysts, but also reduce swelling in the kidneys that is caused by fluid retention. Drinking up to a liter of grapefruit juice daily will help reap the greatest benefits in effectively blocking the formation of kidney cysts.

4. Fights Gum Disease

Simply eating two grapefruits a day can prevent and even reverse damage caused by gum disease. A 2005 study published in the British Dental Journal found the daily consumption of grapefruit can reduce gum bleeding for those who suffer from gum disease. The participants in the study also showed an increase in their vitamin C levels, which aids in the repair of gums. Vitamin C, according to Blake, is essential for healthy gums, which helps keep our teeth firmly in place.

5. Protects Against Cancer

The antioxidant vitamin C has been linked to decrease the risk of certain cancers. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found grapefruits help repair damaged DNA in human prostate cancer cells. Naringenin stimulates DNA repair in these cancer cells and protects the body from developing cancer.

“Diets high in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables such as grapefruit, had been linked to a reduced risk of cancers of the stomach, colon, bladder, breast, and esophagus,” said Blake. She cautions these results are specific to vitamin C rich foods, rather than supplements.

6. Reduces Stress

You don’t necessarily have to ingest grapefruit to reap its benefits. The smell of citrus fruit can make a difference on curbing our stress and anxiety levels, and depression. A 1995 study published in the Japanese Journal of Psychopharmacology found citrus fragrance restored stress-induced immunosuppression, and induced calm behavior in mice.

Reap the benefits of grapefruit by adding it — and grapefruit juice —  to your diet.

Source: MedicalDaily.com

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