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Grapefruit beneficial properties in phytotherapy

The Grapefruit (Citrus x Paradisi) is a fruit tree belonging to the genus Citrus, and to the Rutaceae family. It’s an ancient hybrid, probably a cross between sweet orange and pomelo, and it has been an independent species propagated through cutting and grafting for centuries. It’s the only citrus fruit that supposedly does not come from Southeast Asia, but rather from Central America. It is believed to be discovered in 1750 either in the Bahamas or Barbados, and likely brought to Florida. In Europe, it was initially used mainly as an ornamental plant, and only in the 19th century, did the fruit became popular. The oil extracted from grapefruit seeds has antioxidant properties, promotes microcirculation, and helps drain excess body liquids.