Scientists have discovered that a component found in grapefruit and other citrus fruits may successfully block the development of kidney cysts, according to a study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. It is an inherited disorder that causes cysts to develop in the kidneys. The disease can lead to loss of kidney function, high blood pressure leading to heart attack and stroke, as well as brain aneurysms. Onset is most common between the ages of 30 and 60. For their research, the team conducted an experiment on a single-celled amoeba containing a protein called PKD2. This is the protein responsible for the development of polycystic kidney disease. It was discovered that when naringenin came into contact with the PKD2 protein, it became regulated, blocking the formation of cysts.
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