Grapefruit and Weight Loss

Published:August 27th, 2010

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem cooperating with Massachusetts General Hospital have reported that naringenin, an antioxidant derived from grapefruits and other citrus fruits can make the liver break down fat and increase insulin sensitivity at the same time. This is a process similar to what happens when you fast for a longer period.

The liver is responsible for the regulation of carbohydrate and lipid levels in our blood. When we fast, fatty acids are released by fat cells, a process similar to Atkins diet. According to Dr. Atkins, the main factor that causes weight gain is consumption of refined carbohydrates. When you are on an Atkins diets, your metabolism switches from burning glucose to burning stored fat. However, there are side effects associated with Atkins diet.

Naringen is a dietary supplement that has no side effects and can actually protect the liver from damage. A flavonoid called naringin is broken down into naringenin and is the cause of the bitter taste in grapefruit. This compound has the ability to lower cholesterol and may relieve associated symptoms of diabetes. Weight loss could be aided by such a dietary supplement.

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