Grapefruit Juice and Medication Interactions

Grapefruit Juice and Medication Interactions

Doctors have warned patients for quite some time that grapefruit juice can interact with certain medications and cause harmful side-effects. This is particularly common with some blood pressure-lowering drugs and some cholesterol-lowering medications. Researchers believe they know the reason. So-called furanocoumarins seem to be the problem. Grapefruit juice armed with the furanocoumarins can cause these drugs to enter the bloodstream more efficiently, thereby increasing the dose and effect and the potential for undesirable, and even dangerous, side-effects. Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that once you took the furanocoumarins out, the juice behaved like orange juice. Those marketing grapefruit juice envision the production of a furanocoumarin-free juice, much like lactose-free milk. It’s an interesting idea.

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Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

It is one of the best-kept secrets in medicine; the role of tart cherry juice and overall health. Now, you might be surprised about advantages. According to the latest research, animals who received powdered tart cherries in their diet had lower total cholesterol, lower blood sugar and less fat storage in the liver. Now, these are all good things. Why the benefits? Researchers believe that cherries have high concentrations of antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins. So, if your kids are thinking about a juice to drink, try cherry juice.

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