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The Surprising Health Benefits of Grapefruit

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Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C, supporting heart health, immunity, even collagen production, to ensure a youthful looking complexion. Just one half, sliced over spinach salad, eaten straight out of the rind with a spoon, or even stirred into a cocktail (grapefruit-mint mojito, anyone?) provides about 50 percent of your recommended daily intake of C.

But, you don’t even have to eat grapefruit to reap some of its most amazing benefits. The mere smell of citrus can curb stress and relieve depression. Grapefruit essential oils can be used in a diffuser or combined with a carrier-oil for use in an uplifting aromatherapy massage. Plus research from Osaka University in Japan suggests that a whiff of grapefruit can boost metabolism and reduce food cravings.

Note: Grapefruit increases the potency of some prescription drugs, so talk to your doctor about whether they’re OK for you to eat.

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