Grapefruit protects from heart disease
LONDON — A daily glass of grapefruit juice keeps blood vessels healthy and could protect against heart disease, a new study shows.
Just half a pint a day was enough to improve circulation.
Scientists have identified that healthboosting chemicals, called flavanones, that are naturally 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 volunteers’ blood vessels. a vital part in warding off heart disease. But there was little or no changenge when they
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Researchers at the French National InIn a report on their findings the researchstitute for Agricultural Research at Clerers said: “Regular grapefruit juice uice consumpmont-ferrand, France, recruited 48 healthy tion by middle-aged, healthyy postwomen aged between 50 and 65 — one of the menopausal women is beneficialcial highest risk groups for heart disease. for arterial stiffness.
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Half a pint of grapefruit a day was found to improve heart health, a team of french scientists revealed.