Fresh grapefruit and 100% grapefruit juice don’t only hydrate you and your skin, they also contain many vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that affect skin health, both directly and indirectly.
How does Grapefruit Help Your Skin?
Fresh grapefruit and 100% grapefruit juice are great additions to a healthy diet that can help contribute to skin well-being. The water in grapefruit and grapefruit juice can help keep your skin hydrated while also providing nutrients such as vitamin C and colorful plant pigments called carotenoids which may help maintain a youthful glow.
Good for Your Skin
- Vitamin C – This nutrient helps promote healthy skin by supporting collagen production, which helps maintain elasticity and works against premature aging.1
- Carotenoids – Another important source of antioxidants, carotenoids like beta-carotene can help neutralize free radicals that can otherwise damage your skin.2-4
- Fluids – Proper hydration of skin is important for maintaining resilience and preventing wrinkles.5
Proper vitamin C intake can help you maintain healthy skin. Just 8 ounces of Florida Grapefruit Juice or half of a medium Florida Grapefruit are excellent sources of vitamin C!*
Detailed Nutritional Information
Vitamin C helps support connective tissues by creating the building blocks of mature and functional collagen.6 Collagen is required to maintain healthy skin, gums and other tissue. Collagen breakdown in the skin may lead to the appearance of premature aging.4
Vitamin C deactivates free radicals in the skin providing photoprotection against sunburn and premature aging.1 Vitamin C also decreases melanin production, thereby providing natural depigmentation of the skin.1 Vitamin C is also critical for wound healing.7 Exposure to sunlight and environmental pollution dramatically reduces vitamin C levels in the center layers of the skin1 which affects these benefits.
Water is critical for skin health by assisting in5-7:
- Turgor (firmness of cells)
- Perfusion (passage of fluids such as oxygenated blood into the cell)
In a clinical study,5 a prescribed water intake of 2L/day improved surface and deep skin hydration at 15 and 30 days in adult females with lower habitual water intake. Researchers also observed several positive effects of skin elasticity and extensibility in various areas of the body, including the face. Females with higher habitual water intake did not have changes in skin hydration, suggesting that adequate water intake plays a role in skin plasticity and in layers of the skin.
* Daily Value: Based on a 2000 calorie diet. FDA rounding rules applied when calculating percent DV based upon 2018 rules. Information is not intended for labeling food in packaged form. Nutrient values may vary based on brand or product types.
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- Stahl et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012; 96:1179S-1184S.
- Terao et al. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2011;48(1):57-62.
- Palma et al. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. 2015:8 413–421.
- Lykkesfeldt et al. Adv Nutr. 2014;5(1):16-18.
- The A.S.P.E.N. Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Ed. American Society of Parental and Enteral Nutrition. 2012.