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The Incredible Health Benefits (and Risks) of Grapefruits


2. Reduce Risk of Kidney Stones

Anyone who’s experienced kidney stones knows that they can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. These stones develop when there’s a build up of waste in the kidneys. “These waste materials are products of metabolism that are normally filtered through the kidneys and removed from the body in urine,” writes Healthline. The waste crystalizes which is what turns it into stones that can cause blockages in the urinary system.

The citric acid in grapefruits may be effective at preventing calcium oxalate stones which are the most common type of kidney stones, “by binding with calcium in the kidneys and flushing it out of the body,” explains the source. It can also increases levels of pH in the urine which reduces the risk of kidney stones in the first place.

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