Grapefruit And Diabetes
As a typical fruit in citrus family, grapefruit is very good for patients suffering from diabetes. It contains a variety of vitamins like vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin p, vitamin c, beta carotene, potassium, phosphate, citric acid etc. The vitamin c content in grapefruits is much higher than other fruits. It is estimated that each 100 g grapefruit flesh contains 57 mg of vitamin c which are 10 times of pears. Grapefruits also contain one of the essential minerals for patients with high blood pressure – potassium. So, people suffering from cardio-cerebral vascular diseases and kidney diseases associated with low potassium levels can add grapefruit into their daily diets.
Fresh grapefruits contain an insulin-like component – chrome. This element can effectively lower the blood sugar level. Also, grapefruits contain a component called naringin ligand which can facilitate the disposition of fat through liver. This helps to reduce the accumulation of fats in the body. Moreover, naringin ligands can play a role in balancing the insulin and glucose levels. So frequent consumption of grapefruits can bring great benefits for diabetes patients.
In addition, grapefruits contain bioactive substances glycoside which can reduce the viscosity of the blood and reduce the formation of blood clots. As a result, it can effectively lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as cerebral thrombosis and so on.
Because of the benefits grapefruits can bring us to our health, how can we pick up the best fruits in the market? When choosing a grapefruit we should firstly check whether it has a fragrant smell. Then we should pay attention to its shape. From the perspective of quality, when you pick up a grapefruit, the compact ones normally indicate high quality one.
Although grapefruit can bring many benefits to our health, you should avoid take them in some circumstances. For example, patients taking lipid-lowering medication should avoid eating grapefruit or grapefruit juice. This is because that some active ingredients in grapefruit can inhibit the metabolic breakdown of statin drugs in the body, resulting in accumulation of poisonous substances in the body. Therefore, experts suggest patients taking lipid-lowering medicines should pay attention to the amount of grapefruits taken within a day. You should avoid taking grapefruits 3 days before taking medicine and 6 hours after taking medications.
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