Grapefruit smoothie recipes for weight loss help boost metabolism and lower fat mass.

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Compounds in grapefruit are known to activate enzymes involved in cellular energy and boosting metabolism. Also, combining polyphenols of other fruits and vegetables may reduce fat mass. 
Polyphenols are phytonutrients found in grapefruit and other fruits with strong concentrations in many types of berries. They are compounds with several phenol groups namely aromatic rings with hydroxyl groups.  As a product of the plant cell, these secondary metabolites are vital to the health of the plant, guarding against ultraviolet radiation, infection and predatory insects.  The color of the fruit and the bitterness of taste are determined by polyphenols. Thousands of polyphenols have been identified with many more to be discovered. Major categories of polyphenols include phenolic acids, flavonoids and stilbenes.
Polyphenols have been shown to benefit the health of humans as well. Functioning as antioxidants, polyphenols can lower inflammation and neutralize free radicals. In turn, they support cellular activity including protection from DNA damage.
Specifically, the pink grapefruit is a prime example of polyphenols at play. This red-hued variety of grapefruit contains lycopene. Classified as a carotenoid, lycopene has a high antioxidant capacity. Limonoids found in grapefruit help create enzymes of detoxification, while the pectin content can reduce levels of harmful cholesterol in the blood. Naringenin, a flavonoid in grapefruit, is subject to ongoing studies in its connection to fat tissue function. The result being that naringenin may hinder adipose tissue expansion.  

One of many grapefruit smoothie recipes for weight loss packed with a plethora of polyphenols:

- 1/2 Cup Blackberries
- 1/2 Cup Strawberries
- 1/2 Grapefruit (Include Pith)
- 1/4 Cup Kale
Significant Nutritional Data
Calories – 115
Fiber – 8 Grams
Vitamin A –   82%
Vitamin C – 197%
Vitamin E  -    6%
Vitamin K – 190%
Calcium – 15% 
Copper –  13%
Iron – 8%
Magnesium – 11%
Mangenese – 47%
Potassium   – 16%
Zinc – 6%
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Grapefruit Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss