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Naringin Effects on Weight Reduction, Cravings and Diabetes in GLOBESITY Bootcamp for the Obese

Effects of Naringin on Weight Reduction

Authors: Marcus Free MD, Rouzbeh Motiei-Langroudi MD, Waqar Ahmad PhD, Kelly Daly RDN, and Don Juravin (Don Karl Juravin).

Abstract (Research Summary)

  • Citrus paradisi (aka Grapefruit, active ingredient: Naringin) decreases weight by improving fat metabolism and glycemic control and protects the liver and body from free radicals.
  • Naringin decreases weight by increasing the metabolism of fat, decreasing inflammation of adipocytes, reducing hunger, and lowering oxidative stress to enhance overall metabolism (Alam 2013, Mahmoud 2012, Mahmood 2014, Nakajima 2014).
  • The effect exerted by Naringin (30mg/kg) and vitamin C (50mg/kg) was similar to the effect exerted by insulin (6 units per kg) to decrease blood glucose levels and cravings (Punithavathi 2008).
  • Naringin normalizes blood glucose levels by reducing oxidative stress on the liver, resulting in reduced cravings (Kandhare 2012, Mahmood 2014).
  • Naringin suppresses appetite by inhibiting the synthesis of ghrelin and protecting the brain areas responsible for dopamine and serotonin sensitivity, resulting in decreased cravings (Astell 2013, Kumar 2010).
  • Naringin improves the secretion of insulin from islet β-cells and enhances the uptake of glucose from the blood (Zhang 2012), leading to better control of blood glucose levels.

Naringin Effects on Weight Reduction

Naringin decreases weight by increasing fat metabolism, decreasing inflammation of adipocytes, reducing hunger, and protecting the liver from oxidative stress. 

  • Naringin decreases body weight by increasing fat metabolism and reducing adipocyte inflammation (Mahmoud 2012, Mahmood 2014).
  • Naringin lowers oxidative stress and improves overall and lipid metabolism resulting in weight loss (Alam 2013, Mahmood 2014).
  • Naringin reduces hunger and promotes weight loss (Nakajima 2014).
  • Naringin reduces adipocyte inflammation and prevents fat deposition (González-Gallego 2007). Reduction in inflammation decreases the size of adipocytes and reduces weight (González-Gallego 2007, Yao 2004).

Naringin Effects on Cravings

Naringin decreases cravings by normalizing blood glucose levels, reducing the secretion of ghrelin, and decreasing the sensitivity of brain centers to dopamine and serotonin. 

  • Naringin normalizes blood glucose levels and reduces sugar cravings (Kandhare 2012, Mahmood 2014).
  • Naringin suppresses appetite by inhibiting the ghrelin synthesis, resulting in decreased hunger and cravings (Astell 2013). 
  • Naringin decreases the sensitivity of specific brain centers to serotonin and dopamine, leading to decreased cravings (González-Gallego 2007, Kumar 2010).

Naringin Effects on Diabetes

Naringin improves glycemic control by protecting the liver from oxidative stress, improving glucose metabolism in the liver, improving glucose uptake from the blood, enhancing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas, and reducing insulin resistance. 

  • Naringin protects the liver from free radicals and oxidative stress by improving the metabolism of carbohydrates, resulting in well-controlled and normalized blood glucose levels (Punithavathi 2008, Kandhare 2012, Mahmood 2014).
  • Naringin improves the secretion of insulin from the pancreas islet β-cells and enhances the uptake of glucose from the blood (Zhang 2012). This makes it easier for diabetics to control their blood glucose levels.
  • Naringin (30mg/kg) and vitamin C (50mg/kg) exert an effect similar to that of insulin (6 units per kg) to decrease blood glucose levels and postprandial hyperglycemia  (Punithavathi 2008).
  • Naringin reduces cytokine production and adipocyte inflammation, resulting in improved insulin sensitivity (Alam 2013).

Benefits, Side Effects, Drug Interactions

  • Naringin protects blood vessels from oxidative stress thus improving the supply of blood to the heart and protecting it from diseases (Rajadurai 2006).
  • Naringin is a neuroprotectant which improves cognitive abilities and memory (Kumar 2010).


Naringin is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) according to FDA.

Side effects

Naringin has no known drug interactions.

Drug interactions

  • Antidiabetic drugs: As both Naringin and anti-diabetic drugs decrease blood glucose levels, it is important to monitor glucose levels and speak to a physician about decreasing the antidiabetic drugs if required.


There are no known medical conditions encouraging the disuse of Naringin.


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This research was sponsored by GLOBESITY FOUNDATION (nonprofit organization) and managed by Don Juravin. GLOBESITY Bootcamp for the obese is part of GLOBESITY FOUNDATION which helps obese with 70 to 400 lbs excess fat to adopt a healthy lifestyle and thereby achieve a healthy weight.

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