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Citrus Paradisi: Top Health Benefits For A Healthy Lifestyle

What Is Citrus Paradisi?

Citrus paradisi goes more commonly by another name — grapefruit. Grapefruits are cultivated in tropical environments all over the world, and they contain a fantastic diversity of nutrients and flavonoids.1

Citrus paradisi grows on trees that can reach heights of 20 feet or more — and the citrusy globe can sometimes measure up to 6 inches wide. The fruit can be different colors — pink, yellow, or an almost translucent white.2

The fruit of the citrus paradisi is known for its tart flavor and vitamin, fiber, and phytochemical content. Naringin and hesperidin happen to be two of the most abundant flavonoids in citrus paradisi. Both polyphenols also exist in other citrus fruits, such as the orange and tangerine.3

Citrus paradisi also contains significant reserves of narirutin — an important flavanone glycoside. Most of these beautiful polyphenols can be found in the seeds and peels of the grapefruit. And when the fruit is extracted, these polyphenols can be easily added to foods and dietary supplements.4

History Of Citrus Paradisi

Historical reviews state that citrus paradisi was brought to the United States in the early 1820s. The fruit was taken to Florida so it could be commercially farmed.5

About 100 years after grapefruit farming began in Florida, a young Yugoslavian scientist figured out how to produce an extract from the fruit that would still deliver its phytonutrients. This extract could be used in various food products and supplements. The young physicist’s name was Dr. Jacob Harich.6

In the early 1960s, Dr. Harich traveled to Florida to study citrus paradisi and assess the fruit’s possible health benefits.7



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