Naringin belongs to the group of flavonoids. It is classified as a phytochemical, which is a naturally occurring plant compound with potential nutritional benefits. Pure naringin is a yellowish powder. The chemical formula is C27H32O14 and molecular weight is 580.53.
Studies have shown that naringin has antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and cholesterol lowering activity. They found that diets supplemented with red grapefruit juice and to a lesser degree with naringin improved the plasma lipid levels mainly in rats fed cholesterol and increased the plasma antioxidant activity. Most of the benefits of the compound can be gained by drinking grapefruit juice.
Generally, 25 mg of naringin is enough to increase the bioavailability of nutrients and drugs.