If you’re on under statins regimen, you may assume you’re doing something healthy for your body. But in some cases, you’re doing the exact opposite.
Want to ensure you’re not putting yourself at risk? Here are three of the unhealthiest fruits and juices you shouldn’t take if you are on Statins.
There’s no question that statins can help prevent recurrent heart problems in people who already have heart disease, by lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 40%. That’s not in dispute, and heart experts routinely prescribe the drugs for anyone who has had a heart attack, angina or bypass surgery.
But there are certain dietary foods that can reduce the effectiveness of statins.
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According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, statins (and many other drugs) are broken down by the enzyme cytochrome P450.
“It is believed that the juice and pulp of grapefruit, pomelos and Seville oranges (not regular oranges) contain a chemical that inhibits the enzyme,” he explained.
“The statin doesn’t get a chance to clear out making the dose circulating in the blood much higher and more potent than intended.”
According to Dr Oz, the increase persists even when consumption of the fruit is separated from the statin by hours or days.
It is important to note that many people who take statins experience no or very few side effects.
The risks of any side effects also have to be balanced against the benefits of preventing serious problems.
A review of scientific studies into the effectiveness of statins found around one in every 50 people who take the medicine for five years will avoid a serious event, such as a heart attack or stroke, as a result.