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Study says citrus fruit ingredient may prevent metabolic syndrome

September 11, 2009 by  

Study says citrus fruit ingredient may prevent metabolic syndrome According to new research, a compound called naringenin, which is a flavonoid found in citrus fruit, may become a valuable tool in the fight to prevent the onset of metabolic syndrome.

The condition is a combination of medical disorders, such as insulin resistance, that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

Researchers at the Robarts Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario studied the impact of naringenin supplements and found that they lowered triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and normalized glucose metabolism in animal models.

Murray Huff, director of the Vascular Biology Research Group at Robarts, says the research is unique in that the mice in the supplementation group and in the control group ate exactly the same amount of food and the same amount of fat.

"There was no suppression of appetite or decreased food intake, which are often the basis of strategies to reduce weight gain," he adds.

While grapefruits are a good source of naringenin, the researchers say the amount of the citrus-derived flavonoid needed to produce the desired results is higher than what can be obtained from dietary sources and additional supplementation may be necessary.

The findings were published online in the journal Diabetes.
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  • http://BobLivingstonAlternativeMedicine Michelle

    Where can one obtain this naringen?
    Anyway, it sounds more like orange than grapefruit…..

  • BABUSHSKA

    The article talks about grapefruit, but shows a picture of an orange slice. Naringen — must be some kind of “liberal” ingredient, saying one thing but showing another.

    • eyeswideopen

      Babushska, well, you were thinking too hard about how to get your”liberal” dig in, or else you would have seen that in the first sentence, he states “citrus fruits”. Gee, that would cover the oranges. You probably shouldn’t let your political leanings intrude when you are reading or you may miss alot.

  • Russ

    Ah ha, what is metabolic syndrome? Are there other sources of this naringen besides the ones mentioned in the article? I eat little fruit.

  • Keith H

    This flavoniod callled naringenin found in certian fruits are foods that could inprove our health and reduce the number of doctor visits, It would be cheaper to invest in healthy foods rather than paying for a scewed up health care system thats over priced and ranked 37th in the world.

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