Grapefruit: side effects

Grapefruit (Citrus maxima or grandis) is a plant native to southern Asia and Malaysia, belonging to the Rutaceae family. Known as one of the three species from which all citrus fruits known today derive, it is used for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal action. Let’s find out the characteristics and side effects of grapefruit.

Grapefruit: characteristics and properties

Grapefruit is an evergreen tree with dark green leaves, white flowers and a slightly flattened with smooth, greenish skin.

Grapefruit seeds are rich in flavonoids, responsible for their antiviral and antibacterial properties, and the extract obtained is the most powerful natural antibiotic, free from toxicity.

Grapefruit seeds, in fact, are useful against over 800 strains of bacteria and are therefore useful in case of respiratory tract diseases, cystitis or prostate disorders, rhinitis, sore throat, cough, cold, fever and herpes.

The side effects of Grapefruit

Grapefruit can have some serious side effects, such as

  • interaction with cyclosporine and simvastatin, 
  • headache,
  • tiredness, 
  • gastrointestinal disorders, 
  • heart disease,
  • nephropathies. 

It is therefore advisable to always consult a doctor before taking grapefruit-based products, especially if you use other drugs.

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