Liver is essential for fat digestion and detoxification. However, when excessive amounts of fat get deposited in the liver and make up 5 to 10 percent of the weight of the organ, the condition is known as fatty liver disease. Several factors including excessive alcohol consumption, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol levels can increase the risk of fatty liver disease. Your doctor may prescribe medications, along with a healthy diet and exercise to reverse the condition. Natural food source such as grapefruit may also help to manage fatty liver disease.
Grapefruit is not only delicious; but it can also help to prevent liver damage. The high levels of vitamin C and antioxidant properties of grapefruit helps to flush toxins out of your body and prevent them from damaging cells.
Grapefruit contains antioxidants that naturally protect the liver. The two main antioxidants found in grapefruit are naringenin and naringin.
A study found that a grapefruit extract called naringenin can activate the chemicals responsible for fatty acid oxidation. In the long run, this may help to prevent fatty liver disease. (1)
The protective effects of grapefruit are known to occur in two ways — by reducing inflammation and protecting cells.
Studies have also shown that these antioxidants can reduce the development of hepatic fibrosis, a harmful condition in which excessive connective tissue builds up in the liver. This results from chronic inflammation (2), (3).
Moreover, in mice that were fed a high-fat diet, naringenin decreased the amount of fat in the liver and increased the number of enzymes necessary for burning fat, which can help to prevent excess fat from accumulating (4).
Naringin has been shown to improve the ability to metabolize alcohol and counteract some of alcohol’s negative effects (5).
Thus, grapefruit helps to keep your liver healthy by fighting damage and inflammation.