Grapefruit for Hepatitis C

By Nora Simmons

Cutting edge research suggests that naringenin—the metabolized form of the natural flavonoid naringin, which gives grapefruit its bitter taste—may curb the spread of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) by up to 80 percent. Previously shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, naringenin may block the secretion of HCV from infected cells, mitigating the spread of this dangerous virus to vital organs like the liver.