Grapefruit's Bitter Taste Holds a Sweet Promise for Diabetes Therapy

Naringenin is an antioxidant that causes the bitter flavor of grapefruits and other citrus fruits. New research shows that it may cause your liver to break down fat while increasing your insulin sensitivity.

Naringenin activates a family of proteins called nuclear receptors that cause your liver to break down fatty acids. This is similar to the effect of drugs such as the lipid-lowering Fenofibrate and the anti-diabetic Rosiglitazone.

According to Eurekalert:

“If the results of this study extend to human patients, this dietary supplement could become a staple in the treatment of hyperlipidemia, type-2 diabetes, and perhaps metabolic syndrome.”

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