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Tip #14: Grapefruits and Cholesterol.

Grapefruits and cholesterol.  Research published in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry suggests that eating red grapefruit can help reduce cholesterol in some patients who failed to respond significantly to statin drugs, commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol. The study involved 57 patients between the ages of 39 to 72 who had undergone bypass surgery and who failed to respond to a commonly prescribed statin drug.  The patients, equally divided into 3 groups, were given either a single serving of red grapefruit, white grapefruit or no grapefruit. At the end of 30 days, the researchers found that the grapefruit eaters, especially those eating red grapefruit, had significantly decreased their LDL cholesterol by 20% over the non-grapefruit group. The increased performance of red grapefruit may be due to its greater antioxidant content, or perhaps due to the synergistic effects of its phytonutrients, including lycopene.

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