Do you know the benefit of grapefruit for your hormonal health?
Grapefruit contains a lot of inositols (a vitamin-like substance also known as B8) and it’s degradation product, D-chiro-inositol, plays an important role in the cellular’s response to insulin.
D-chiro-inositol exists in all the cell membranes of the body and it is a major part of the glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol complexity that regulates glucose excretion when the cell is exposed to insulin.
The task of the Glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol complexity is to activate and enable the conversion of glucose (sugar) into either glycogen or into energy in the cells.
Several studies show that D-chiro-inositol is beneficial for normal functioning insulin- and glucose- metabolisms and may cause a normalization of lipid profile, cardiovascular function and ovarian function, including regular ovulation.
D-chiro-inositol in larger doses can also lower elevated androgen levels.
Grapefruit works so strongly on liver enzyme activity that the degradation of certain types of medicine goes too fast, so the effect is lowered.
Avoid eating grapefruit if you are using antidepressants, antihypertensive medication, valium and sedatives, epilepsy- medicine and estrogen therapy.