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Grapefruit Pectin

Grapefruit Pectin


This fact sheet provides basic information about Grapefruit Pectin. It is commonly accepted in the medical community by both doctors and researches that individuals who consume diets high in the right types of fiber can enjoy healthier lifestyles and improved longevity. Grapefruit pectin is a great natural source of soluble dietary fiber and offers many other health benefits that are supported by scientific evidence.

Common Names

Grapefruit Pectin

Latin Names

Citrus paradisi

What It Is Used For

  • Grapefruit juice is used as a nutritional supplement to counteract potassium loss. Grapefruit pectin can reduce cholesterol and promote regression of atherosclerosis. Other effects include induction of red cell aggregation by constituent naringin, reduction of hemocrits and possible anti-cancer effects.

How It Is Used

Grapefruit juice has been given in clinical studies from 1 to 9 glasses daily, or 240 mL of double-strength juice twice daily.

What the Science Says

  • Generally recognized as safe or used as food. Safety and efficacy for dosages above those in foods are unproven and should be avoided.
  • Nutrition studies have been performed that discovered grapefruit to be of value as a dietary supplement. Grapefruit has also been used as a nutritional supplement for patients experiencing potassium loss.
  • Grapefruit pectin has been found to reduce cholesterol and to promote regression of atherosclerosis.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • Grapefruit juice has been reported to interact with numerous drugs.


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