Grapefruit Pectin (Citrus x paradisi) contains pectin, which is a soluble fiber derived from the pulp and peel of the fruit that forms a gel-like substance in the intestinal tract.1 Grapefruit pectin appears to be hypercholesterolemic, helping to lower cholesterol levels.2
Research Highlights: In one study, guinea pigs administered grapefruit pectin reduced their cholesterol by 40% over only a six-week period.4 In other studies, animals fed a high-cholesterol diet plus grapefruit pectin had 24% narrowing of their arteries, while animals fed only the high-cholesterol diet had 45% narrowing.5 Human trials conducted with hypercholesterolemic subjects found that those who used grapefruit pectin and no other cholesterol lowering agents and without lifestyle modification significantly lowered total cholesterol and LDL while increasing HDL levels.6
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2. Balch, P. A. (2003). Prescription for Dietary Wellness, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Avery Publications, pg. 143