Grapefruit Helps Prostate Cancer

Grapefruit Helps Prostate Cancer

Here are some more great explanations of why grapefruit is a proponent that helps fight prostate cancer. We found information about a nutrient called Lycopene from two different sites: World’s Healthiest Foods and Jillian Michaels websites about how the nutrient impacts prostate cancer positively. Pink grapefruit contains lycopene, a phytochemical, which is a compound found in plant foods that offers health benefits. Like all citrus fruit, this tart, low-calorie food is also an excellent source of vitamin C.

Ruby red and pink grapefruits are rich in lycopene, a carotenoid with anti-cancer benefits. Lycopene, responsible for the pink/red pigment of fruits and vegetables, is found in watermelon, ruby red and pink grapefruits, tomatoes, papaya and guava. According to an article published in October 2008 in “Cancer Letters,” lycopene is well absorbed from food sources and is used by the body’s tissues.

The rich pink and red colors of grapefruit are due to lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient. Lycopene appears to have anti-tumor activity. Among the common dietary carotenoids, lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells. Lycopene accumulates in the epithelial cells of the prostate gland. Here, the lycopene decreases the growth of existing prostate cancer cells and induces cancer cell death. With elevated levels of lycopene in cells of the prostate leads to the synthesis of enzymes that protect these cells from further damage. Additional research is needed to confirm that lycopene is an effective anti-cancer agent.

Choosing to regularly eat lycopene-rich foods, such as pink grapefruit, and drink green tea may greatly reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests research published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Jian L, Lee AH, et al.)

In this case-control study involving 130 prostate cancer patients and 274 hospital controls, men drinking the most green tea were found to have an 86% reduced risk of prostate cancer compared to those drinking the least.

A similar inverse association was found between the men’s consumption of lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, apricots, pink grapefruit, watermelon, papaya, and guava. Men who most frequently enjoyed these foods were 82% less likely to have prostate cancer compared to those consuming the least lycopene-rich foods.

So do yourself a favor and pick up a glass of Indian River Select Pink Grapefruit Juice today. Your body and your taste buds will thank you.

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