Grapefruit Is an Age-Defying Hero

Grapefruits on a wooden table.

An excellent source of vitamin C as well as pantothenic acid, copper, vitamin A, fiber, potassium, biotin, and vitamin B1, grapefruit is also a good source of dietary fiber. The pink, red or ruby varieties contain the carotenoid phytonutrient lycopene, which is found to be a more powerful antioxidant than other carotenoids such as beta-carotene and research has suggested it may significantly reduce risk of stroke. Studies have also indicated that people with a diet high in lycopene have a lower risk of certain cancers, particularly prostate cancer. In my cookbook, The Age GRACEfully Cookbook, you’ll find an easy and delicious recipe for Spinach and Grapefruit Salad, which has the benefit of iron-rich spinach as well. Grapefruit is in season from September to April, though it’s available in produce departments all year.

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Spinach contains iron as well as age-defying antioxidants. You can use pink or white grapefruit in this salad, and if you use whole segments of the grapefruit, you’ll also add fiber. The candied walnuts and dried apricots balance the acidity of the grapefruit and increase the antioxidants in this dish. Grace’s Honey-Lime Dressing perfectly compliments the mellow flavor of the spinach.

Spinach and Grapefruit Salad

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1 bunch or 1 bag spinach leaves
1 whole grapefruit, segmented
¼ cup candied walnuts
¼ cup dried apricots
2 recipes  Honey-Lime Dressing to taste.

1. Wash and stem the spinach leaves and place in a bowl.
2. Add the grapefruit, walnuts, and apricots.
3. Toss with Tangy Ginger Dressing to taste.

Honey-Lime Dressing


YIELDS about 1/4 cup

1 1/2 Tbs. lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 1/2 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Sea salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a container with a tight-fitting lid and shake until well blended.

About Grace O

GRACE O is the creator of FoodTrients®, a unique program for optimizing wellness and longevity. She is the author of two award-winning cookbooks – The Age Gracefully Cookbook and The Age Beautifully Cookbook, which recently won the National award for Innovation from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She is a fusion chef with a mission to deliver delicious recipes built on a foundation of anti-aging science and her 20 years in the healthcare industry. Visit to learn more. Email us at
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