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Grapefruit extract shows anti-diabetes potential

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An antioxidant extracted from grapefruit may help the liver break down fat and improve insulin sensitivity, according to new data from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Naringenin, a compound derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruits and other citrus fruits, was found to mimic the actions of the established pharmaceuticals Fenofibrate (lipid-lowering action) and Rosiglitazone (anti-diabetic action), according to findings published in the online journal PLoS ONE.

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