Thursday, May 22, 2014

Grape Fruit

Benefits of Grape Fruit including Diabetes

Benefits of Grape Fruit including Diabetes

  • Acidity Grapefruit juice has an alkaline reaction after digestion, neutralizing the acidity in the stomach.
  • Atherosclerosis  Grapefruit contains Pectin that is effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.
  • Asthma There is some evidence that drinking vitamin C-rich citrus fruits, including grapefruit and others, might improve lung function in people with asthma. Some studies have found this benefit, but others haven’t.
  • Cancer  Bioflavonoids found in grapefruit eliminates excess estrogen, and fight carcinogens in breast cancer patients. Pectin acts as a bulk laxative, protecting the colon mucous membrane from stomach and pancreatic cancer. Lycopene along with Vitamin A fight lung cancer and oral cancer. Naringenin, a flavonoid helps to repair damaged DNA in prostate cancer cells.
  • Cholesterol  Antioxidants present in grapefruit help to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Grapefruit also boosts heart health and reduces heart disease.
  • Diabetes  Increased consumption of grapefruit helps to reduce and burn the starch and sugar content in the body reducing the risks of both Type I and Type II Diabetes.
  • Fatigue & fever  Grapefruit juice with lemon and honey provides relief from high body temperature and instantly diffuses the fatigue from overwork, fever or stress.
  • Insomnia A warm drink of grapefruit juice before bedtime, helps to promote sleep and alleviates insomnia.
  • Pregnancy  The bioflavonoids and vitamin C in grapefruit help to reduce water retention and swelling of the legs during pregnancy.
  • Sore Throat  Drinking freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice with warm water and honey is a age old remedy that helps relieve sore throats and soothes coughs.
  • Weight loss:  Grapefruits lowers insulin, is very low in calories and sodium, contain rich dietary water soluble fiber that make you stay fuller longer and has high water content providing adequate hydration.
  • Detoxifier Nutrients like antioxidants and phytonutrients, called limonoids help remove toxin stored in colons and kidney, cleansing and detoxify the liver and contains naringenin which causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it.
  • Skin Grapefruit contains high amount of Vitamin A and C, minerals and anti-oxidants like retinol that fight damage caused due to free radicals and oxidative stress and stimulate the production of skin collagen that provides elasticity, prevents skin pigmentation, wrinkles and age spots.
  • Kidney Stones: Grapefruit juice contains Vitamin C which is very effective in treating calcium oxalate kidney stones, by increasing urinary pH and hastening the rate at which citric acid is secreted.
  • Hair  Vitamin C has strong antioxidant properties boosting the immunity system, strengthening the hair follicles and increases blood circulation in the scalp which promotes hair growth. Grapefruit seed extracts can help to fight the bacteria on the scalp, soothes the skin, and wards off dandruff.
  • Eye Grapefruits contains rich amounts of Vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as naringenin and naringin, lycopene, beta carotene, xanthin and lutein. These anti-oxidants promote good eye health and prevent cataracts and age related macular degeneration.
  • Arthritis Grapefruit juice contains salicylic acid that helps break down the body’s calcium that can build up in the cartilages of joints leading to arthritis.
  • Infections The flavonoids, vitamin C and minerals present in grapefruit provide great support to immune system to ward of common colds and other infections.
  • Gum Diseases Grapefruits help reduce gum bleeding, increase plasma vitamin C levels and help to prevent and treat periodontal diseases.
  • Respiratory Vitamin C in grapefruits reduces wheezing symptoms in children and aids in treating asthma, chronic cough, shortness of breath and even runny nose.

Grapefruit Side effects:

  • Compounds in grapefruit juice, including naringenin, slow the normal detoxification and metabolism processes in the intestines and liver, which hinders the body’s ability to breakdown and eliminate some pharmaceutical drugs. Grapefruit may increase the effects of calcium channel blockers, statins (leading to Rhaddomyolysis), benzodiazepines, immunosuppressants, and HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors.
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of grapefruit during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

    Breast cancer There is concern about the safety of drinking excessive amounts of grapefruit juice. Some research suggests that postmenopausal women who consume a quart or more of grapefruit juice every day have a 25% to 30% increased chance of developing breast cancer. Grapefruit juice decreases how estrogen is broken down in the body and might increase estrogen levels in the body. More research is needed to confirm these findings. Until more is known, avoid drinking excessive amounts of grapefruit juice, especially if you have breast cancer or are at higher than usual risk for developing breast cancer.  

Drugs with Grapefruit:

  1. Dasatinib (leukaemia)
  2. Erlotinib (lung cancer and pancreatic cancer)
  3. Everolimus (kidney cancer)
  4. Lapatinib (breast cancer)
  5. Nilotinib (leukaemia)
  6. Pazopanib (kidney cancer)
  7. Sunitinib (kidney/gastrointestinal cancer)
  8. Vandetanib (thyroid cancer)
  9. Venurafenib (skin cancer)

  1. Erythromycin (antibiotic)
  2. Halofantrine (malaria)
  3. Maraviroc (HIV)
  4. Primaquine (malaria)
  5. Quinine (malaria)
  6. Rilpivirine (HIV)

  1. Atorvastatin
  2. Lovastatin
  3. Simvastatin

  1. Amiodarone (heart rhythm disorders)
  2. Apixaban (anti-clotting)
  3. Dronedarone (heart rhythm disorders)
  4. Eplerenone (heart failure)
  5. Felodipine (high blood pressure/angina)
  6. Nifedipine (high blood pressure/angina)
  7. Quinidine (heart rhythm disorder)
  8. Rivaroxaban (anti-blood clotting)
  9. Ticagrelor (anti-blood clotting after heart attack)

  1. Oral Alfentanil (painkiller)
  2. Oral fentanyl (painkiller)
  3. Oral ketamine (painkiller, sedative)
  4. Lurasidone (schizophrenia/mental health problems)
  5. Oxycodone (painkiller)
  6. Pimozide (schizophrenia/other mental health problems)
  7. Ziprasidone (schizophrenia, mania, bipolar disorder)

  1. Domperidone (anti-nausea)

  1. Cyclosporine (post organ transplant, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis)
  2. Sirolimus (post organ transplant)
  3. Tacrolimus (post organ transplant)

  1. Solifenacin (urinary frequency/incontinence)
  2. Silodosin (enlarged prostate)
  3. Tamsulosin (enlarged prostate)

Grapefruit Doses

The appropriate dose of grapefruit depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for grapefruit. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Source: dailymail/curejoy/webmd