Citrus Juice Keeps You Sharp in the Morning

The Citrus Sharp

  • 1 pink or red grapefruit (peeled)
  • 1 orange (peeled)

Put both in your juicer and enjoy. This is a fantastic morning wake-up and will give you more energy than any cup of coffee.

Grapefruit is a Vitamin C storehouse with over 74% of the recommended daily value. Mixed here in this recipe with the orange (provides over 100% of the daily value alone), you can start your morning with extra alertness and sharpness of mind.

Why Citrus in the morning?

Vitamin C is a powerhouse for health. Not only does it supports the immune system, but also has anti-inflammatory properties. With Vitamin C, your body takes what it needs and flushes the rest. High doses of Vitamin C have been shown to increase the body’s vitality, disease fighting capabilities, and overall health. The combination of the two has high antioxidant activity.

Grapefruit has a high concentration of lycopene, which has anti-tumor properties. Lycopene is well-known for its ability to fight oxygen-free radicals. Choose grapefruits that are a rich pink or red to get the most in lycopene.

For men, the addition of lycopene in their diet may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.  Fruits and vegetables that are high in lycopene include the pink grapefruit, tomatoes, apricots, watermelon, papaya, and the guava.

Citrus Juice and Prevention of Kidney Stones

If you are prone to kidney stones, then be sure to drink grapefruit, apple, or orange juice daily. The Citrus Sharp gives you two out of three, providing extra protection against calcium oxalate kidneys stones. Drink ½ to 1 liter of these juices daily.

Citrus Juice and Prevention of Lung Cancer

Studies show that drinking three 6 ounce glasses of grapefruit a day is truly the best way to keep the doctor away. Grapefruit juice reduces the activity of an enzyme that activates chemicals found in tobacco smoke that cause cancer.

A Brief History of Citrus

Grapefruits are relatively new to the flora scene, having been discovered in Barbados in the 18th century. It’s said that the grapefruit is a natural cross between the orange and the pomelo. The pomelo was brought to Barbados from Indonesia in the 17th century, and the term “grapefruit” refers to how the fruit grows by hanging in clusters just like grapes. In the early 19th century, the grapefruit came to the United States and became one of Florida’s major crops.

Selection and Storage of the Grapefruit

Grapefruit that has a tough skin and discoloration, scratches or scales matter not to the taste or texture of the inner flesh. Signs of a grapefruit past its prime include an overly soft spot at the stem end or a water-soaked appearance. Ensure that the fruit feels heavy for its size, as the added weight ensures it will be juicy and tasty. Choose grapefruits that are firm, yet springy. You can keep grapefruit at room temperature or in the fridge. But do not refrigerate before the fruit has ripened.

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