In the never ending saga of natural disease fighting foods beating out pharmaceuticals, the grapefruit is another power packed citrus fruit to add to the the list. It actually never really gets the credit it deserves for preventing disease. But it can and without the side effects caused by pharmaceuticals. Grapefruits can prevent weight gain, treat diabetes, lower cholesterol, fight cancer, heal stomach ulcers, reduce gum disease and even keep stroke and metabolic syndrome at bay.
Naringenin, an antioxidant which gives grapefruit its bitter taste, can do the same job as two separate drugs currently used to manage Type 2 diabetes, scientists said.
Naringenin has also been found to correct the elevations in triglyceride and cholesterol, preventing the development of insulin resistance and completely normalizing glucose metabolism. Researchers have found it works by genetically reprogramming the liver to burn up excess fat, rather than store it.