Can grapefruit boost your heart health?

Can grapefruit boost your heart health?

I just read an interesting story about how drinking your daily dose of grapefruit can boost your heart health however when I see that the study was part funded by a grant froma grant from the Florida Department of Citrus I get somewhat sceptical.

Anyway here’s an excerpt of that story as iyt appeared in the English Express so you can make up your own mind:

Grapefruit juice can boost the health of your heart
A DAILY glass of grapefruit juice keeps blood vessels healthy and could protect against heart disease, a study shows.

Half a pint a day enough to improve circulation.

Scientists believe flavanones, health-boosting chemicals found in citrus fruits, are responsible for the benefits.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest regular grapefruit juice consumption could play a vital part in warding off heart disease – Britain’s biggest killer.

Around 73,000 people a year in the UK die from heart-related illnesses.

Eating a diet rich in fruit has long been known to have a protective effect.

But there has been less research on precisely what it is in citrus fruits that helps to sustain a healthy heart.

Researchers at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research at Clermont-Ferrand, France, recruited 48 healthy women aged between 50 and 65 – one of the highest risk groups for heart disease.

Half the group was given a daily quota of 340 millilitres – roughly half a pint – of grapefruit juice packed with flavanones and the rest an identical-looking drink but with no flavanones.

After a few months the two groups then swapped over..

Funny they don’t mention that here but  I suppose fresh grapefruit juice will undoubtedly be a whole better than the stuff you can buy in a botlle.

Read on:http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/589280/Grapefruit-juice-health-heart

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