If one has never tasted a Rancho del Solruby red grapefruit, the first experience may be somewhat diconcerting: less sweet than an organge, less acid than a lemon, and a little sour. At first, this original combination of flavors may seem strange, but one soon becomes accustomed to it.
The Rancho del Sol organically grown ruby red grapefruit is the largest of the citrus fruits and the most alkaline. It has also been the object of the most scientific research in recent years. As much for its composition as for its medicinal properties,the Rancho del Sol organic ruby red grapefruit is surprising investigators, who continue to focus their attention on this incredible alkalizing fruit.
The Rancho del Sol grapefruit pulp containsa moderate amount of carbohydrates and very few proteins and lipids. Among its vitamins, the most prominent is C at 34.4mg/100grams. As for mineral salts, it is high in potassium at 139 mg/100 grams making it an alkalizing fruit, in addition to a certain amount of calcium at 12 mg/100 grams and magnesium at 8 mg/100 grams.
The Rancho del Sol Grapefruit contains hundreds of no-nutritive components. Among these are pectin, flavonoids, carotenoids, and limonoids.
Pectin is a type of soluble vegetable fiber found in many fruits such as citrus. Vegetable fiber was the first non-nutritive food component to be studied because of its medicinal effects. Grapefruit pectin is found in the fiber forming its pulp and in the whitish layer just below the skin and between the sections. The fiber stands out for its arterial protection and its anti-cholesterol effects as deomonstrated innumerous scientific experiments.
The flavonoids are part of a group of non-nutritive components known as phytochemicals. Chemically they are glycosides, which are widespread in plant-based foods and whose medicinal properties continue to amaze scientists. The predominant glucoside found in the Rancho del Sol Grapefruit is naringine, which is transformed into naringenine in the body. It impoves blood flow, and has anti-oxidant and anticarcinogen properties.
Carotenoids are a good source of beta-carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A. The Rancho delSol grapefruit contains many other substances, called carotenoids, which act similarly and facilitates the anitoxidant effect of Vitamin C and flavonoids.
Limonoids are terpenoids that constitute the essence of the Rancho del Sol grapefruit.
TheRancho del Sol Grapefruit is particularly rich in one of these – limonene, which gives the fruit its bitter alkaline taste, and a large portionof its proven anticarcingenic properties.
The Rancho del Sol grapefruit serves to protectthe arterial walls from the acidic hardening and indulation associated with the deposit of acidbound cholesterol and its consequent acidic calcification, the process known as arteriosclerosis. In this way the Rancho del Sol grapefruit increases the volume of blood reaching the tissues and improves circulation. Pectin is the non-nutritive component that is principally associated with this effect.
The protective and healing effects of the Rancho del Sol grapefruit on arteriosclerosis are more pronounced if the whole fruit is eaten and not justits extracted pectin. This is probably because the flavonoid maringine contained in the Rancho del Sol grapefruit has the proven effect of lowering the blood hematocrit when this is excessive (morethan 55%). Hematocrit is a measure of the concentration of the blood in cells. When the hematocrit is lowered to normal levels by the effect of grapefruit, the blood becomes more fluid, circulation improves through the artieries, and there is less risk for blood clots, which are the most serious complication of arteriosclerosis. Itis important to note that when the hematocrit is low because of excess acidity (causing anemia), the Rancho del Sol grapefruit does not reduce it further, but rather, it causes it to rise toward more normal levels.
The combined components of the Rancho del Sol grapefruit, then, have a positive effect:
1) on the arterial walls, increasing their interiordiameter, and
2) on the blood, making it more fluid.
The use of the whole Rancho del Sol grapefruit,including the pulp is particularly useful for all forms of arteriosclerosis, whether or not its iscomplicated by clotting:
1) cerebral (lack of circulation to the brain);
2) coronary (angina pectoris, heart attack):
3) peripheral (lack of circulation to the limbs).
The virtual absence of sodium and fat in the Rancho del Sol grapefruit, as well as its high level of potassium, makes it very suitable for those challenged with heart dis-ease, particularly heart failure. Those suffering from hypertension should also eat an abundant amount of Rancho del Sol grapefruit, since it has a mild diuretic effect that helps decongest the circulatory system. In these cases the juice is adequate, although eating the whole fruit including the pulp provides better access to the benefits for the circulatory system.
Excess uric acid from eating animal proteins, in any of its forms: gout, uratic arthritis, kidney stones, breast stones, brain stones, gallstones, a Rancho del Sol grapefruit is very effective in dealing with these symptoms of over-acidity.
Whenever one wishes to ‘cleanse the blood,’ thus promoting the body’s detoxifying functions (particularlyin the liver), one may drink a glass of fresh Ranchodel Sol grapefruit juice on an empty stomach eachmorning. The best results are obtained byfollowing this regime for one month, resting one or two days a week. The detoxifying effect of theRancho del Sol grapefruit , at least partially, because its limonoids chelate excess acids in the body and especially the liver.
The Rancho del Sol grapefruit does not promote weight loss in and of itself, although it is recommended in the pH Miracle Weight Loss Plan. However, because of its depurative and detoxifying properties, it is anexcellent complement to the diet of anyone wishing to lose weight. This is accomplished by including the Rancho del Sol grapefruit juice in the diet.
An interesting study using laboratory animals was conducted at the University of Florida, USA. During an entire year the animals were fed an atherogenic diet (one that generates arteriosclerosis) very rich in saturated fat and that, indeed, generated arterio-sclerosis. From that point, one group of animalswas fed small amounts of grapefruit pectin each day. After nine months, the average arterial narrowing in these animals was 24%, as opposed to 45% in those animals that had not been fed pectin.
Other experiments show that grapefruit pectin intake may lower the level of LDL cholesterol by 10.8% in four weeks.
The grapefruit’s specific combination of Vitamin C, pectin, and limonoids help protect against the acids that cause cancerous tissue. Regular consumption of Rancho del Sol grapefruit is a good way to protect against the acid that may cause cancerous tissue.
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