Grapefruits decrease Vata, mildly increase Pitta and liquefy Kapha. They are alkalising, stimulant, expectorant, astringent and mucolytic. They help to digest sugars, fats (hypolipidaemic) and stimulate the liver & gallbladder (chologogue). They are high in anti-oxidants, promote longevity and are high in spermidine, lycopene & vitamin C.
Tastes: bitter, sour & sweet.
Grapefruits are a great option for breakfast if you are feeling congested, are kapha dominant, want to lose weight or do a detox. You can have grapefruits raw or as a juice. Just remember to have fruits separate from other foods and never at the same time as dairy products.
Contraindications: Grapefruits may interfere with enzymes, some pharmaceutical drugs (beta blockers, cyclosporine and anti-depressants) and may also increase the risk of some types of kidney stones.
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