The most overlooked superfood that helps you burn fat and build muscle at the same time!
Written by Andrew Meyer
Naringenin, a flavonoid found in citrus fruit, particularly in grapefruit, has an incredible effect on the liver making it burn fat instead of storing it after a meal. It also has been shown to “help” muscle cells take in glucose. This is a BIG DEAL! You can burn fat while you eat it and shuttle sugar into muscle instead of fat cells. 
 
Let dig into this a bit more…

The liver fat burning effect

The tests were carried out on mice by a team at the Robarts Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario and published in the journal Diabetes.
 
Two groups of mice were both fed the equivalent of a Western diet to speed up their "metabolic syndrome" – the process which leads to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The food given to the group A was treated with naringenin and group B was untreated regular food. 
 
The non-naringenin mice became very obese, they developed metabolic syndrome and saw their cholesterol rise and their bodies become resistant to insulin.
 
The mice given naringenin did not suffer from these. Any rise in cholesterol was corrected by the naringenin which also 'reprogrammed' the live to burn up fat rather than store it!

The Muscle Building Effect
 
A team from Brock University Ontario exposed young and fully-grown muscles cells of rats to naringenin in test tubes. Young muscle cells did not react, adult ones did. This indicates that naringenin enhances the activity of GLUT4, a glucose transporter. (Any body who trains with me has heard me talk about this.) Fully-grown muscle cells synthesise it; young muscles cells don't.
 
The figure below shows that as the naringenin concentration rises, the muscle cells take up more glucose. The figure underneath that shows the glucose uptake rises, the longer they’re exposure to 75 micromols naringenin.
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andrew meyer becky osterhout fat loss guelph competition prep bikini figure bodybuilding weight loss absolute physiques
andrew meyer becky osterhout fat loss guelph competition prep bikini figure bodybuilding weight loss absolute physiques
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AMPK
The third figure shows that 75 micromols naringenin boosts the glucose uptake in the presence of insulin. The bottom figure shows how naringenin works: it boosts the amount of active AMPK. AMPK is an enzyme that becomes active when muscle cells have exhausted their fuel supply. It starts up mechanisms which enable the muscle cell to take up more fuels from the bloodstream.
 
Now to what you really want to know… How much???

A grapefruit contains about 50 mg naringenin per 100g. The concentration of naringenin in people who have eaten grapefruit varies from 0.7 to 14.8 micromol. So it's possible that the naringenin concentrations used in this study are found in some people in their normal everyday life!
 
To sum it up - less energy going to your fat cells and more energy going to your muscles! You can make use insulin to build muscle without worrying about fat storage. “Insulin Boosters” that inhibit fat cells are pretty much the Holy Grail. 

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Andrew Meyer

Andrew put himself through University working as a Personal Trainer. The combination of his Human Nutrition Background and +11 years in the industry has given him opportunities in the Health & Fitness industry that very few can match.
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