Grapefruit is a hybrid citrus fruit of sorts. One ancestor of the grapefruit was the Jamaican sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), itself an ancient hybrid of Asian origin; the other was the Indonesian pomelo (Citrus maxima). Originally it was called “the forbidden fruit” and was first documented in 1750 in The Natural History of Barbados. Currently, the grapefruit is said to be one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados”.
Citrus paradisi is also found in the Mediterranean region, mainly in countries such as Spain, where around 100,000 tons of grapefruit are cultivated yearly, in around 1.000 square kms of cultivation surface. Grapefruit, like other citrus fruits, is used for its bioactivity to support wellness and weight management. It also is used to enhance sports performance. Grapefruit extract is usually blended with fat-burning ingredients in different formulations, to support cardiovascular system
Several lines of investigation suggest that naringin supplementation, the main active found in grapefruit, is useful in weight management, in diabetes management, to promote healthy cardiovascular function and to support healthy blood pressure control.