Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Grapefruit – a forbidden fruit?

A breakfast of pomelo and grapefruit platter accompanied a glass of Seville orange juice would appear to be an extremely healthy way to starting the day. These fruits are a rich source of Vitamin C – one of the great anti-oxidant warriors that help protect our bodies from the damaging effects of free radicals.

All is Not as it Seems

However, all is not as it seems! This seemingly healthy breakfast is not so good for you if it affects the way your medicines work.  There is an enzyme present in grapefruit, pomelo, tangeleos and Seville oranges that can interfere with the action of some prescription medicines, as well as a few over-the-counter drugs too.

The Drug Interaction Danger from Grapefruit, Pomelo & Seville Oranges

This is a double-pronged jeopardy as with some drugs the interaction with the enzyme increases the absorption of the drug into the bloodstream, leading to potential overdose, whereas for other drugs if can block absorption, increasing the risk of liver damage and kidney failure. What’s more, this risk occurs not just if you consume these foods when taking your medication, but also if you eat them either a few hours before or after.

What Should You Do?

Current advice is not to combine these specific foods or their juices if you are on certain types of:

  • statin drugs
  • blood-pressure drugs
  • Crohn's disease drugs
  • cancer treatment drugs
  • organ transplant rejection
  • anti-anxiety drugs
  • anti-arrhythmia drugs
  • antihistamines

However, the above list is not exhaustive and it also varies dependent upon the exact drug. Therefore, as always, the best advice is to ask your pharmacist or other health care professional about your specific drug(s) and whether they are affected.

You can also find further information from these reputable sources:
UK - NHS Choices
US - FDA Resources for You

Some Good News if You’re Like Paddington Bear

If, like Paddington Bear, you are partial to some delicious Seville marmalade, then don’t despair! It is believed that the high-heat processes involved in making marmalade destroys the enzymes that affect medicines.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

If you are looking for inspiration for really healthy breakfast ideas, then why not take a look at my Healthy Brunch & Breakfast Eats Easy Low Fat & Low Cholesterol Recipe Cookbook? In it you will find 55+ great-for-your-heart breakfast ideas such as:
  • Porridge & Soaked Overnight Oats including Spiced Pumpkin Porridge
  • Breakfast Mushrooms including Devilled Mushrooms on Toast
  • Breakfast Fruits including Banana Chocolate Oat Pancakes
  • Love Your Heart’ Super-Green Smoothies including Top of the Crops Green Smoothie
  • Breakfast Salads including TSummer Fruit Salad Platter with Quick Fruit Compote
  • Muesli & Granolas including Orchard Fruits Granola
  • Breakfast Bakes including Toasted Nut & Fruit Granola Breakfast Bars
  • Breakfast Eggs including Sun-dried Tomato Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus & Smoked Salmon Parcels

A Guide to Cholesterol & a Heart-Healthy Diet

The book also guides you through simple to understand information about: 
  • Different Types Of Cholesterol
  • Good vs Bad Fats, Dietary Cholesterol & Heart-Health
  • Lowering Cholesterol With a Healthy, Balanced Diet
  • Foods Naturally Rich in Beta Glucan & Other Cholesterol-Busting Superfoods.

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