A study published in the Molecular Food and Research Journal shows how exosomes (tiny vehicles participating in inter-cellular communication) from grapefruit contain information that enabled or disabled gene expressions in mice. The study showed that the nano-particles in grapefruit (1 to 100 nano-meters in diameter) contained lipids, proteins and microRNA. These exsosome like nano particles are taken up by intestinal microphages and stem cells which are able to perform amazing healing feats.
When we consume grapefruit, these tiny vehicles of information that are present in the grapefruit go through our digestive systems and enter into systemic circulation of the body because it survives stomach acid and enzymes. It is then able to go into the intestinal microphages, which are our first lines of defense against infection, as well as within stem cells which are the mother cells that keep replenishing all of the damaged tissue as its being sloughed off or undergoes programmed cell death. (1)
These information containing bits called EPDENs (exsosome-like nano particles) were shown to induce the expression of the anti-oxidation gene (heme-oxygenase 1) and the anti-inflammatory cytokine, IL-10. In English, the data suggest that these information containing particles communicate with our bodies by inducing expression of genes that reduce inflammation, reduce oxidative damage, and activates Wnt signaling which are crucial for maintaining intestinal harmony.
- cancer fighting properties
- weight loss
- rich in vitamin c
- aids bowel movements
- promotes digestion
- reduces fever
- protects against the cold or flu
- boost immune system
- contains citric acid and natural sugars
- rich in calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, and potassium
- helps to reduce water retention and swelling of the hands and legs during pregnancy
Grapefruit Essential Oil for Abdominal Obesity
Abdominal weight gain has become a serious problem for women (and men alike). Two scientific studies out of Korea show that you can massage away some of your belly fat with grapefruit essential oil over a period of time. When applied topically to the skin in small amounts, grapefruit essential oil is an excellent diuretic and lymphatic stimulant (there is a reason why its used for so many cellulite creams!) (2)
When combined with patchouli oil, grapefruit oil is shown to reduce cravings and hunger which makes it a great tool for weight loss. When cravings strike simply add a few drops to your water or massage into your chest.
Grapefruit Seeds Extract for Candida
Grapefruit seed extract was discovered by Jacob Harich, an American immunologist in 1980. Studies of the influence of grapefruit extract on the yeast like fungi strains, also known as Candida albicans, showed that 33% grapefruit extract exerted a potent anti-fungal activity against the yeast like fungi strains. (3)
Grapefruit Seed Extract and Geranium Oil Combat MRSA
“Patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender essential oils and Citricidal (grapefruit seed extract) were used singly and in combination to assess their anti-bacterial activity against three strains of Staphylococcus aureus: Oxford S. aureus NCTC 6571 (Oxford strain), Epidemic methicillin-resistant S. aureus (EMRSA 15) and MRSA (untypable).
The individual essential oils, extracts and combinations were impregnated into filter paper discs and placed on the surface of agar plates, pre-seeded with the appropriate strain of Staphylococcus. The effects of the vapors of the oils and oil combinations were also assessed using impregnated filter paper discs that were placed on the underside of the Petri dish lid at a distance of 8mm from the bacteria. The most inhibitory combinations of oils for each strain were used in a dressing model constructed using a four layers of dressings: the primary layer consisted of either Jelonet or TelfaClear with or without Flamazine; the second was a layer of gauze, the third a layer of Gamgee and the final layer was Crepe bandage.
The oil combinations were placed in either the gauze or the Gamgee layer. This four-layered dressing was placed over the seeded agar plate, incubated for 24h at 37 degrees C and the zones of inhibition measured. All experiments were repeated on three separate occasions. No anti-bacterial effects were observed when Flamazine was smeared on the gauze in the dressing model. When Telfaclear was used as the primary layer in the dressing model compared to Jelonet, greater zones of inhibition were observed.
A combination of Citricidal and geranium oil showed the greatest-anti-bacterial effects against MRSA, whilst a combination of geranium and tea tree oil was most active against the methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (Oxford strain). This study demonstrates the potential of essential oils and essential oil vapours as antibacterial agents and for use in the treatment of MRSA infection.” (4)