I have several grapefruit trees and just wondering if there is any benefit in the leaves. I use the fig leaves to treat people with diabetes and of course the grape leaves are full of health benefits.
So just thinking that maybe the grapefruit leaves could be of benefit somehow?
Grapefruit leaves are bitter and can be used as a bitter. They are also full of a compound known as naringin, which does have medicinal properties. These properties include antioxidant, lowering cholesterol and anticancer effects primarily by inhibiting angiogenesis.
If you want to play chemist you can also react naringin with a strong base to create a very powerful sweetener.
If you are taking any medications though then it is advised to avoid grapefruit leaves as it can interfere with drug metabolism and absorption.
Thank you for that. No I do not take any medicine. Should I then dry the leaves?
Yes. First make sure there is no fungus growth on them and rinse the leaves off. Then dry them out so the cell walls will crack and the active constituents can be extracted by making a tea, tincture or by powdering them and taking the powder.
PS: I have looked everywhere for any documentation on the use of LUFFAH leaves.
You know the scrubbers. In Jordan we use these leaves to cure cancer with and they are the best. I can find no documentation on this. Have you ever heard of this before?
Most of the research on the subject is on the seeds not the vines. But here is one article on the cucurbiticans in luffa leaves, which have anti-tumor activity: