Grapefruit pectin - Helps to lower blood cholesterol levels

Helps to lower blood cholesterol levels


Grapefruit pectin

  • The grapefruit was first introduced to Florida in the 1820's. In the United States, most grapefruit is still grown in Florida.

  • The grapefruit got its name from the way it grows in clusters (like grapes) on the tree.

  • There are different types of grapefruit: white, pink/red and star ruby/rio red. All grapefruit have a tangy-sweet flavor and are very juicy.

  • One half of a grapefruit contains all of the vitamin C your body needs for the day.

  • Grapefruit are one of the few good sources of lycopene, and anti-cancer agent.

  • Grapefruits also supply dietary fiber.


Rich source of vitamin C Contains pectin, which can help to lower blood cholesterol levels
Half a grapefruit provides more than half of the adult daily requirement for vitamin C. Try to eat not just the juicy flesh but also some of the pulpy membrane that separates the fruit's segments, and a little of the white pith, too. Both contain a useful amount of pectin, a form of soluble fibre that may help to lower levels of blood cholesterol. pink or red grapefruit are slightly higher in vitamin C than the yellow varieties.
Some experts believe that all citrus fruits have a role to play in protecting against cancer because the pulp and pith contain compounds known as bioflavonoids which are thought to neutralise cancer-causing substances.

Grapefruit diets

There is a popular myth that eating grapefruit helps you to slim because it has the ability to 'burn' fat. Some short-term diet regimes are based on eating grapefruit and little else - an unhealthy practice, since we all need to eat a variety of foods to obtain a full range of nutrients. Grapefruit are low in fat and calories, and eating them as part of a low-fat diet is fine, but no food has the ability to burn fat.

grapefruit Cleaning Out Arteries
by Mary Norine Walsh, MD

Q.I heard that grapefruit could clean out my arteries by 85 percent in three months. Is this true

A. If it were, you can bet that you would have heard the news first from your doctor! What you most likely heard were reports of research on grapefruit pectin in animals with clogged arteries. Compared with animals who aren't given pectin a type of soluble fiber pectin-fed animals have less extensive clogging in their aortas and coronary arteries. But no rigorous clinical trials have tested pectin in humans with coronary artery disease.

Like oat bran, pectin helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and so might ultimately reduce artery clogging. Several dietary supplements available now contain grapefruit pectin, and it may not hurt to take them if your diet is already low in saturated fat and high in other fibers. But most of the dramatic claims you'll see in ads for such supplements aren't supported by the research. Most importantly, if you're considering taking a pectin supplement and you already use cholesterol-lowering drugs, don't stop your current medication without talking to your doctor. It's unlikely that a supplement will lower lipids anywhere near as much as the drugs you take.

Grapefruit pectin

is a great way to lose weight efficiently using 100% pure citrus dietary fiber. It helps accelerate the movement of foods through the digestive tract and gives your body the fiber it needs to wage war on weight.

pectin, in the diets of humans and lab animals, has been shown to increase the excretion of lipids, cholesterol and bile acids, and reduce serum cholesterol levels. pectins operate by binding with bile acids, thereby decreasing cholesterol and fat absorption.

pectin is also effective in causing regressions in, and preventing, gallstones. There is also evidence that the regular use of pectin may lessen the severity of diabetes. Along these lines, it has been suggested that fiber-depleted diets actually help cause diabetes mellitus. Other studies have shown that fiber and pectin as contained in this formula could lead to permanent changes in insulin requirements. To prevent the possibility of insulin overdose, diabetics should make their physician aware of the dietary change

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