Saturday, April 1, 2006

Grapefruits Lower Cholesterol

A recent research study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that grapefruit, particularly the sweet ruby red variety, has protective benefits against triglyceride levels. Participants in the study all had formerly been on cholesterol-lowering medication and found the treatment ineffective. Instead of continuing their medication, participants consumed 1 grapefruit per day and saw a significantly positive outcome. Ruby red grapefruit helped decrease blood triglyceride levels by 17%, LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels by 20% and total cholesterol levels by 15.5%. In addition, researchers found ruby red grapefruit to have higher amounts of antioxidants than blond/yellow grapefruit. The vibrant ruby red poses benefit to anyone seeking to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and prevent disease risk. Half a grapefruit is a serving -- a terrific choice by itself, in a salad or as a flavorful topping for chicken or fish.

A note of medical precaution: If you are currently taking cholesterol medication, the ‘statin’ family of drugs including Zocor and Lipitor, do not cease treatment without consulting your physician. Do not consume grapefruit if you are taking a ‘statin’ medication as the two interact and may pose serious health risks.

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