1. Citrus fruit extract may prevent kidney stones
Researchers have found evidence that a natural citrus fruit extract can inhibit the growth of painful kidney stones and even dissolve the crystals.
The compound hydroxycitrate (HCA) can dissolve calcium oxalate crystals, the most common component of human kidney stones, said the study that prepares the groundwork to design an effective drug for the painful condition. “HCA shows promise as a potential therapy to prevent kidney stones,” the researchers wrote in the study published onlne in the journal Nature. The findings are the result of a combination of experimental studies, computational studies and human studies, said lead author of the study Jeffrey Rimer, Associate Professor of at the University of Houston in the US. Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can increase the risk, and the reported incidence is on the rise.