Grapefruit could be used to treat heart disease

Grapefruit could be used to treat heart disease

Scottish scientists have suggested that simply eating grapefruit (or actually copying a tiny part of it to make a drug…) could be a new treatment for heart disease.

I have raved about the heart protection benefits of grapefruit for years (as those in thelifeplan will testify to!).  I also talk about grapefruit and their remarkable health benefits in some details in my upcoming book.  

The new research from the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, as published Monday 12 August 2013 in the Biochemical Journal, has identified molecules specifically occurring naturally in grapefruit may play an important role in the future treatment of heart disease.

Many diseases of the circulatory system and heart are directly linked to the improper activation of immune cells, which then stick to the ‘vascular endothelial cells’ (VECs) that line the blood vessels.

The flavanoid naringenin was shown to “effectively inhibit the inflammatory processes triggered following activation of the receptor for immune molecule IL6 on the surface of VECs”.

“We were surprised to find that flavanoids isolated from citrus fruits were very effective at reprogramming the response of human endothelial cells to immune molecules by switching on genes that exert a natural, ‘protective’ effect against inflammation.  Our job now is to find out how flavanoids turn on these protective genes…”
Dr Stephen Yarwood, research team, University of Glasgow, August 2013.

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the world.

The widely used drugs do not seem to be stopping the growth of this deadly disease.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that the number of people who will die from cardiovascular diseases each year will reach 23.3 million by 2030. 

That is half of all deaths each year right now – just through heart disease.

We know heart disease is all about diet and lifestyle.

Therefore should we just not have people eat more fresh grapefruits and a plant-based wholefood diet to prevent heart disease? 

Would that not be a better way to spend the money, research and marketing dollars?


Posted: Tuesday 27 August 2013