Grapefruit against obesity and diabetes

Grapefruit against obesity and diabetes

Perhaps you will remember that Simpsons episode in which Marge gave Homer a grapefruit for breakfast during his weight loss plan and only thought of filling him with sugar and eating only the strong white poison ... Using grapefruit by Marge is not random. In fact, it becomes a traditional food for breakfast in many countries where it is customary to cut it in half and consume it with a spoon.

The properties of grapefruit have been known for many years. It is undoubtedly an ideal fruit for purifying our body and for eliminating accumulated toxins. From a nutritional point of view, it is a fruit especially rich in vitamin C, folic acid, antioxidant carotenoids, potassium, magnesium and citric, malic, oxalic and tartaric. In addition, it is a very calorie fruit: for every one hundred grams of edible portion, grapefruit contributes only to 39 calories.

Recently, I have known the results of a research published in the workplace Anti-obesity and antidiabetic properties of two natural extracts rich in flavonoids (Helichrysum and Grapefruit): physiological and molecular mechanisms, led by Professor Alfredo Martínez and co-directed by Professor Fermín Milagro University of Navarra), whose findings were included in the Ph.D. thesis, Ana Laura de la Garza, of the Department of Nutrition and Physiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Navarra University.

Hypoglycemic properties
The results of this research have been published in the scientific journals Foods and Functions and the Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Food. It has been observed that by supplementing rats and mice with natural grapefruit extracts, the activity of two enzymes specific to carbohydrate digestion is inhibited, a decrease in glucose absorption in the intestine. According to this study, improved hyperglycemic grapefruit of diabetic mice, which regulates the metabolism of glucose in the liver.

Anti-obesity properties
On the other hand, reducing the inflammation associated with obesity in the liver and adipose tissue, which acts both inflammatory and antioxidant. According to the University of Navarra, in a statement, in rats with resistance to overweight and insulin resistance, grapefruit has been shown to increase beneficial metabolic effects associated with a calorie restriction.

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