The Grapefruit and Your Blood Sugar
I had wanted to add “grapefruit” to the article
"How To Keep Your Blood Sugar From Spiking," except I could not yet
explain it all. I didn’t quite understand the mechanism behind it
and, as in the past, I don’t pass something on till I understand it.
One reason the lay public doesn’t understand
science is that when you get really into it (deeply), you’ll
discover a whole nother language. The magical language of scientists
is like Latin to a Catholic priest. As long as the church spoke
Latin, an air of mysticism hung over the entire procession of
sacraments from baptism to extreme unction (the anointing of the
sick and dying). In absolute fact, the dropping of Latin by the
Catholic church was to bring the public in closer to the church.
We are told that scientists, to be more accurate,
need their own jargon. To some degree I can accept this, but my more
practical side admits to a sense of snobbishness that excludes all
non-members to their exclusive club.
I felt I had to first translate their gibberish
into English before I could pass this information onto you.
First I must teach you about three genes (or
proteins, since genes are proteins too):
LXRα. In the lingo of
scientists, they are
peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors
alpha and gama (the first two); the last one being Liver X Receptor
A peroxisome is a small body (microbody)
within each of our cells dedicated to the synthesis and usage of
“energy.” Energy, as you should know already,
comes from sugar, or at the cellular level, glucose.
Fats can be broken down into sugars, which
takes place in the liver. It’s a very interesting process by
which adipose tissues (your fat) sends fatty acids to the liver
where they are processed into sugar (a process we call fat
metabolism) and that sugar is furnished to the cells where the peroxisomes (working with the mitochondria) turn it into energy. We
want to metabolize our fat because in this society we have way too
much of it.
In science when it comes to the activities of our
cells, you have proliferators and inhibitors. Proliferators make
things happen or start; while inhibitors make things not happen or
The liver is the organ that regulates
carbohydrate and lipid (fat) levels in the blood.
when activated, usually by starvation, stimulates the liver to turn
some fat into sugar (before we die). Now wouldn’t the pharmaceutical
industry love to come up with a drug that did this? Turns on your
when activated, lowers your blood sugar and turns off the
Now this gene
when expressed (activated) leads to atherosclerosis (hardening of
the arteries), diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Why it exists and
why it’s expressed I can’t imagine, although I’m sure it has
something to do with homeostasis. When the body gets out of balance,
things like this try to put it back. The problem is that things can
So, the pharmaceutical industry is hard at
work trying to come up with an
This is where our friend the grapefruit comes in.
Studies out of Israel in 2010 showed that
eating grapefruit activated both
The result? More fat metabolism with lower blood
sugar and less inflammation.
This is why having half a grapefruit before meals
has been recommended to people who are dieting.
And now we know, that it’s a good idea for anyone
with metabolic syndrome and/or type two diabetes (or pre-diabetes).
And I must tell you one more thing. Drinking
grapefruit juice does NOT have the same effect as eating the actual
The only contraindication (reason you would not
eat grapefruit) would be if you are on medications. Grapefruit seems
to work synergistically with meds making them much more powerful
than you would normally want them to be.
So, in this case, check with your doctor because
they get a lot of literature from drug companies on interactions
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