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Grapefruit: Is it Always the Remedy Everyone Needs?

Submitted by on January 14, 2015 – 8:29 PM

red-grapefruitIn our society, it is a common tradition in a number of friends and family gatherings where people took advices and consultations from people who previously suffered from some similar condition as theirs,  in spite of having a word with physician  which ultimately result in worsening of health because the human body , however is structurally same as other humans whereas the physiological changes are there, this difference can be explained by ” allergy” , i.e. everyone is allergic to different factor , some are easily affected by weather changes whereas others allergic to penicillin antibiotics.

 

I once saw my diabetic aunt, taking chickpeas  which are full of carbohydrates just to lower her glucose level. One of my friends was once prescribed by her aunt to take butter for resolving her liver issues.

 

But here I want to share something which every layman/or/health professionalshould know but unfortunately no one does. My granny; a heart patient used to take grapefruit juice regularly for cholesterol reduction. Indeed it is very good for many chronic diseases but it reacts with a lot of drugs including the drugs for lowering cholesterol.

 

Being a medical student I once read this adverse reaction of grape fruit with anti-cholesterol drugs and asked her to reduce its consumption. Leaving this topic of blaming our society, let’s discuss what really grapefruit does?

 

One might be thinking to give up taking this “dual-faced’ fruit but let me first discuss its benefits. Grapefruit juice can be justifiably referred to as a classic functional food. Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and vitamin C. It is also a good source of pantothenic acid, copper, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin, and vitamin B1. Grapefruit also contains phytochemicals includingliminoids and lycopene. It is  very beneficial in reducing hardening of vessels i.e. atherosclerosis. Thus, it protects your heart.

 

It also reduces one’s tendency to develop diabetes. Some red and pink grape fruits possess anti-tumor activity. Risk of kidney stones is also reduced by taking this fruit’s juice.

 

Many of its benefits are not mentioned here and many may have not been discovered. But what does this fruit really do for which I forbade my granny to take? Let us discuss! Grapefruit basically inhibits an enzyme system present in liver and intestine which mainly eliminates certain medications thus increasing their blood levels and in turn exaggerating side effects. It is best for us when we are not taking certain medicines.

 

Now a question raised, “Which medicines?” Fortunately these are listed as 85 drugs. Here I summarize them according to their classification. Not all drugs of a class are reactive to it but it is better to avoid it with all drugs of these mentioned classes until or unless your physician prescribed. Some drugs are:

 

Cholesterol lowering drugs aka Statins, Antiarrhythmics, antihistamines, Calcium channel blockers, HIV medications, Impotence drugs, some hormones, Immunosuppressants, sedatives, psychotropics, Methadone.Readers might be thinking how will they know which class of medicine they are taking? It is simple and easy. Just give a read to the patient leaflet and stay aware, stay healthy!

 

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