According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, the nutritional value of half of a pink/ red grapefruit (123g) loaded with many essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, etc.
Grapefruits contain small amounts of vitamin E, thiamin, folate, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, and pantothenic acid. Grapefruit also packed with a powerful antioxidant called Lycopene and beta-carotene, along with the phytonutrients limonoids and naringenin. Here are 9 health benefits of grapefruit
Grapefruits are packed with Lycopene, a carotenoid pigment that is responsible for the pink and red color of the grapefruit. (PLEASE NOTE: Lycopene is only found in pink and red grapefruit. White grapefruit does not provide this carotenoid). This powerful antioxidant acts as a scavenger of cancer-causing free radicals. An antioxidant compound, called naringenin, is also found in grapefruit. Naringenin stimulates DNA repair in prostate cancer cells and protects the body from developing cancer.
Lower Cholesterol Levels
Grapefruit also contains a lot of soluble fiber pectin which has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels. A recent study found that eating one red grapefruit a day can help to lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels by as much as 20 percent.