Red grapefruit could lower heart disease risk
Eating a red grapefruit a day could reduce cholesterol by 15 per cent and triglycerides by 17 per cent and protect against heart disease, according to research from Israel.
Fifty-seven post-operative bypass patients with high triglyceride levels in the blood (hypertriglyceridemia) were divided into three groups. The standard anti-atherosclerosis (9% fat) diet of two groups was supplemented by one Israeli Jaffa red or white grapefruit for 30 days. The third group ate the standard diet and was considered the control group.
“The results of the investigation in humans have shown that a generally accepted antiatherosclerosis diet supplemented with fresh red or blond grapefruits positively influences the serum levels of total cholesterol and [bad LDL cholesterol]. However, only a diet supplemented with red grapefruit was effective in significantly lowering the level of serum triglycerides."
Many experts now recommend that you should not mix grapefruit juice and certain medications.
Chemicals in grapefruit interfere with enzymes that break down certain drugs in your digestive system. This can result in abnormally high blood levels of these drugs and an increased risk of serious side effects.
If you are currently not taking your medications with grapefruit juice, don’t start. If you already eat grapefruit regularly and take any of these medications, talk with your doctor before making a decision to increase your grapefruit intake or stop it.