Grapefruit Improves Thyroid Function
I loooove Grapefruit!!
Most mornings, part of my breakfast is a ruby grapefruit, either juiced, put in a smoothie or just eaten whole. Loooove them!
Grapefruit has been linked over the years to reducing cellulite and weight loss. So let's have a look at what is in an average grapefruit.
1 whole grapefruit contains:
🍊118% of DVI of Vitamin C (Adrenal health)
🍊14% of DVI of Vitamin A (Thyroid Pathway)
🍊12% of DVI of Fibre (Hormone metabolism)
🍊10% of DVI of Potassium
🍊8% of DVI of Biotin
🍊8% of DVI of Vitamin B1
🍊4% of DVI of Protein
🍊4% of DVI of Vitamin B2 (Thyroid Pathway)
🍊4% of DVI of Vitamin B3 (mental health)
🍊6% of DVI of Vitamin B6
🍊6% of DVI of Folate (Liver & MTHR)
🍊2% of DVI of Vitamin E (Thyroid Pathway)
🍊4% of DVI of Calcium
🍊6% of DVI of Magnesium (Stress & Sugar)
🍊2% of DVI of Manganese
🍊2% of DVI of Selenium (Thyroid Pathway)
🍊2% of DVI of Zinc (thyroid pathway)
🍊2% of DVI of Iron (thyroid pathway)
On top of that, grapefruit are also said to:
🍊Be extremely high in antioxidants
🍊Inhibit tumour formation
🍊Inhibit breast cancer
🍊Lower cholesterol (particularly red grapefruit)
🍊Prevent kidney stone formation
🍊Protect against colon cancer
🍊Repair DNA damage
🍊Strengthen blood vessels
🍊Aid weight loss
🍊Reduce plaque in the arteries
Wow! How awesome is this fruit?!
Finally, let's talk about the dangers. Grapefruit has an additive effect on some medications and on others it can make it difficult for the body to process and excrete, keeping the medication in the body for a lot longer than designed.
So if you are on medication, talk to your doctor first. If it has been suggested you should take a statin for your cholesterol and you haven't started yet - perhaps try having a RUBY grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed) every morning for a month and then retest your cholesterol before deciding on medication.
As for the mix with thyroid medication, it may have a decreasing effect in the blood stream, meaning you may need more medication. However, I have been eating grapefruit daily for years (about an hour or two AFTER my medication) and I have reduced my medication substantially not increased it. So I guess it is up to you to talk to your doctor or try it out for yourself.
With all those lovely vitamins and minerals, it is worth further research if you are worried about eating it before you decide don't you think?
Love & Pink Hugs