There is a surprising lack of information on how grapefruit can naturally lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
It would be great if I could tell you how much to consume daily for positive effects, but have not been able to easily glean this information. I find this frustrating, and am looking to interview a nutritionist and/or doctor about how much grapefruit one needs to consume daily to have an impact. More when I have that info! In the meantime, I’ve added grapefruit to my diet (again – I tried last year and fell off the wagon) and an already seeing a heartening drop in blood pressure.
Why the lack of information about how to use grapefruit to naturally lower blood pressure and cholesterol? A jaded view would say it’s easier for doctors to prescribe statins and/or blood pressure medications. A less jaded view would be that hypertension and high cholesterol are too serious to leave people to treat it ‘naturally’ and indeed some folks might not be vigilant enough.
But I think a very-well monitored first attempt to get hypertension and cholesterol under control with lifestyle changes (exercise, nutrition) is vital. Why take statins or blood pressure medications if simply adding grapefruit on a daily basis works? Right now, in my experience, the first medical directive for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol focuses solely on reducing saturated fat and salt. I think adding grapefruit – especially red grapefruit – should be discussed as a first-step, monitored plan.
Now before I say another word, please note that if you take any statins or blood pressure medication (or lots of other meds, actually) you MUST NOT add grapefruit or grapefruit juice to your diet without speaking with your doctor. See the ** warning at bottom of post!
But the link between grapefruit and lowering blood pressure is clear: if you want to know why it works read my post, Grapefruit Pros and Cons. Personally, I find grapefruit quite sour, but for me, the Trader Joe’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice is deal-able (not the drink, the fresh juice in refrigerated section.) In fact, as explained in my post about Metamucil, ‘m adding about 8 ounces of red grapefruit juice to Metamucil so it lowers both cholesterol and blood pressure. Plus, helps with hydration. And I’m seeing blood pressure results.
So if you not take any statin, hypertension (or other drugs, see warning below), consider adding red grapefruit to your daily diet to lower blood pressure – and if you take it with Metamucil, to lower cholesterol.
** VERY IMPORTANT: do NOT eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice if you are on statins or hypertension or indeed, many other medications. Specifically, do NOT eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice if you take Lipitor or any other statin medication to lower cholesterol or any blood pressure medication without speaking first to your doctor. (Grapefruit warning applies also to medications for heart rhythm, depression, anxiety, HIV, immunosuppression, allergies, impotence, and seizures.) It is dangerous to start eating grapefruit (or drinking grapefruit juice) if you take any of these medications – they affect how the drugs are absorbed. Do not eat grapefruit unless you speak to your doctor first.