Grapefruit

Grapefruit Interactions with Medication and Your Liver

You may have seen a grapefruit interaction warning on a medication you're taking. The reason for that warning is that the liver can be literally overwhelmed metabolizing grapefruit. That's because it metabolizes grapefruit via the P450 pathway—the same metabolic superhighway your body uses to break…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…C in the morning. It’s also important to eat vitamin C-rich foods, including broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries and citrus fruits, such as pink grapefruit and oranges. Now it’s your turn: Which vitamin C=rich foods do you like the most? You May Also Be Interested in * 4 Things Most Cardiologists Won’t…

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Calcium Channel Blockers 101

…complaints. These drugs may also actually cause a heart attack. Plus, there’s an even higher risk of side effects and toxicity if taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Caution: Be careful when you combine calcium channel blockers with digoxin for treatment of congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation…

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Grapefruit: Friend or Foe?

…frequently someone asks me about the “dangers” of grapefruit juice. I remember learning about the connection between grapefruit and medication back in 1989 when I was a practicing cardiac nurse. We always warned patients that the seemingly healthy grapefruit could interfere with the medications they were…

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Everyday Foods Can Reduce Cholesterol

…any meal, eat one half of a grapefruit, including all of the white pulp. This is loaded with pectin, a soluble fiber. Please note, however, that there's a very important warning that goes along with this recommendation. You should only eat grapefruit (or drink grapefruit juice) after talking with your…

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Supplement and Medication Interactions to Avoid

…, because this combination can make you drowsier. * To avoid medication interaction, never take grapefruit juice with any prescription drug. The liver can be literally overwhelmed metabolizing grapefruit. It does so via the P450 pathway—the same metabolic superhighway your body uses to break down and…

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3 Secrets for Taking Nutritional Supplements

…in the foods you eat. One exception are carnitines, which I recommend taking alone and on an empty stomach. But be very careful about drinking grapefruit juice with your vitamins and particularly, your prescription drugs. It contains an enzyme that can literally multiply your normal doses without you…

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The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic

…some stomach or intestinal upset. If garlic breath is a problem, try chewing fresh parsley, rosemary or fennel. Freshly squeezed lemon, a piece of grapefruit or orange peel may also assuage garlic's pungent odor. Don't worry, these minor drawbacks are worth the results you'll get. When it comes to all…

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12 Foods To Include in a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…potassium. Magnesium helps lower blood pressure, potassium helps prevent cardiac arrhythmia and fiber helps reduce cholesterol levels. * Fresh grapefruit, strawberries and raspberries contain pectin and vitamin C. Pectin helps lower cholesterol and vitamin C helps protect the vascular system. Include…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…day and take with meals. A good diet to help in preventing stroke should also include ample amounts of foods that are rich in vitamin C, such as grapefruits and oranges. Other good choices include broccoli, tomatoes and strawberries. But one population of people who should avoid getting too much vitamin…

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Tomato Juice and Bone Health

…Lycopene for Bone Health But you don’t need to drink tomato juice to get that antioxidant protection. In addition to tomatoes, watermelon, guava, grapefruits, asparagus, red cabbage and persimmons all contain lycopene. Or, you can take a lycopene supplement for bone health. Plus, it’s not just women…

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