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Food for Thought: A mix to avoid

Grapefruit and prescription drugs need to be handled with caution.

According to the latest research, if you are taking prescription drugs, you should think twice before you eat a grapefruit or enjoy its juice.

David Bailey, a pharmacologist at the University of Western Ontario, indicates "grapefruit juice can interact with more than 85 oral medications, with almost 45 of them leading to severe, even deadly, consequences". These adverse effects can include sudden death, acute kidney or respiratory failure, bone-marrow suppression in patients with weak immune systems and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Bailey, the lead author of a study spanning more than 20 years, claims the most common drugs that are affected by grapefruit are cholesterol-lowering statins, some heart drugs and certain antipsychotic and pain medicines.

Grapefruit contains compounds that can interfere with the enzymes that metabolise medications. Basically, this means that more of the medication stays in your body, increasing its potency to potentially dangerous levels. "Consuming just one grapefruit can multiply the dosage effect of that medication several times."

Pomelos, limes and Seville oranges also contain similar compounds and could have the same effect as grapefruits. Please consult your doctor.

Laura Holland is a well-being consultant and nutritional therapist. For more information, go to www.BeUtifulYou.Com