Grapefruit is a citrus fruit known for its tangy and slightly bitter flavor. It is believed to be a hybrid of the pomelo and sweet orange originating in the 18th century in the Caribbean.

Consuming grapefruit could lead to the prevention of vascular dysfunction. A study with postmenopausal women has shown that flavanone from grapefruit was linked to better heart function. Specifically, the study found that consuming 340 ml of grapefruit juice daily for 6 months had a positive affect on inflammation, immunity, cell adhesion, & cell mobility in the body. Additionally certain compounds in grapefruit, such as naringenin, have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the brain. Chronic inflammation in the brain is associated with neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s.

If you’re on medication, please check with your doctor before consuming grapefruit. Grapefruit may have dangerous interactions when combined with some popular drugs used for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression.