Grapefruit is an evergreen plant that produces characteristic, spherical fruits with a slightly bitter taste. They are eagerly eaten raw and used for the production of juices. Grapefruit is also a valuable therapeutic raw material. It is extremely rich in vitamin C and other valuable bioactive compounds that have extensive pro-health effects. They are obtained primarily from the skin and fruit seeds. Amongst the most important compounds are two flavonoids – naringin and apigenin.
Grapefruit extracts have powerful antioxidant potential. The fruit is also credited for slimming, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antiseptic effects. Grapefruit extract has been also proven to help to regulate cholesterol levels and promote glycemic stabilization. In addition, the apigenin present in the fruit skin stimulates the formation of new neurons and strengthens the connections between them.
Preparations based on grapefruit can be successfully used to improve general health and strengthen immunity. They are ideal for the prevention of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular diseases. It is also worth to reach for them in case of obesity or metabolic disorders. Supplementation of extracts standardized for the content of apigenin may additionally accelerate the pace of knowledge acquisition, improve memory and cognitive functions.
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