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Not to be confused with naringin.
IUPAC name
Other names
Naringetol; Salipurol; Salipurpol; 4',5,7-Trihydroxyflavanone
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ECHA InfoCard 100.006.865
PubChem 439246
Molar mass 272.26 g·mol−1
Melting point 251 °C (484 °F; 524 K)[1]
475 mg/L[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Naringenin is a flavanone, a type of flavonoid. It is the predominant flavanone in grapefruit.[2]

Sources and bioavailability[edit]

Naringenin can be found in grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes (skin)[3] and in water mint.

This bioflavonoid is difficult to absorb on oral ingestion. In the best-case scenario, only 15% of ingested naringenin will get absorbed in the human gastrointestinal tract.[citation needed]

The naringenin-7-glucoside form seems less bioavailable than the aglycol form.[4]

Grapefruit juice can provide much higher plasma concentrations of naringenin than orange juice.[5] Also found in grapefruit is the related compound kaempferol, which has a hydroxyl group next to the ketone group.

Naringenin can be absorbed from cooked tomato paste.[6]

Potential biological effects[edit]

Naringenin has been shown to have an inhibitory effect on the human cytochrome P450 isoform CYP1A2, which can change pharmacokinetics in a human (or orthologous) host of several popular drugs in an adverse manner, even resulting in carcinogens of otherwise harmless substances.[7] The National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine in Taiwan conducted experiments on the effects of the grapefruit flavanones naringin and naringenin on CYP450 enzyme expression. Naringenin proved to be a potent inhibitor of the benzo(a)pyrene metabolizing enzyme benzo(a)pyrene hydroxylase (AHH) in experiments in mice.[8]

Naringenin has also been shown to reduce oxidative damage to DNA in vitro and in animal studies.[9]

Naringenin has also been shown to reduce hepatitis C virus production by infected hepatocytes (liver cells) in cell culture. This seems to be secondary to naringenin's ability to inhibit the secretion of very-low-density lipoprotein by the cells.[10] The antiviral effects of naringenin are currently under clinical investigation.[11]

Naringenin seems to protect LDLR-deficient mice from the obesity effects of a high-fat diet.[12]

Naringenin lowers the plasma and hepatic cholesterol concentrations by suppressing HMG-CoA reductase and ACAT in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet.[13]

It also produces BDNF-dependent antidepressant-like effects in mice.[14]

Like many other flavonoids, naringenin has been found to possess weak activity at the opioid receptors.[15] It specifically acts as a non-selective antagonist of all three opioid receptors, albeit with weak affinity.[15]


The enzyme naringenin 8-dimethylallyltransferase uses dimethylallyl diphosphate and (−)-(2S)-naringenin to produce diphosphate and 8-prenylnaringenin.


Cunninghamella elegans, a fungal model organism of the mammalian metabolism, can be used to study the naringenin sulfation.[16]


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  11. ^ A Pilot Study of the Grapefruit Flavonoid Naringenin for HCV Infection
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  13. ^ Lee SH, Park YB, Bae KH, Bok SH, Kwon YK, Lee ES, Choi MS (1999). "Cholesterol-lowering activity of naringenin via inhibition of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase and acyl coenzyme A:cholesterol acyltransferase in rats". Ann. Nutr. Metab. 43 (3): 173–80. doi:10.1159/000012783. PMID 10545673. 
  14. ^ Yi LT, Liu BB, Li J, Luo L, Liu Q, Geng D, Tang Y, Xia Y, Wu D (October 2013). "BDNF signaling is necessary for the antidepressant-like effect of naringenin". Prog. Neuropsychopharmacol. Biol. Psychiatry. 48C: 135–141. doi:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2013.10.002. PMID 24121063. 
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