A recent study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that citrus juice, specifically that of grapefruit and oranges, may contain a compound that blocks the development of kidney cysts.
Researchers from Royal Holloway University, St. George, the University of London, and Kingston University, London, say that the compound, called naringenin, could possibly be used to develop new drugs for the treatment of Polycystic Kidney Disease, which can lead to loss of kidney function. This in turn can cause high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
The American Kidney Fund states that over 600,000 Americans suffer from the disease, which is inherited, with an onset between 30 and 60 years of age. For some time now, grapefruit juice has been thought to interact negatively with some medicines, including statins and those for blood pressure. You should always consult you doctor before introducing any new treatment.
Earlier this year Italian researchers found that drinking orange juice can lower the odds of developing kidney stones, when substances in urine form a mass that is painful. The research credits Potassium citrate, which prevents calcium crystals from forming.