According to Israeli researchers, grapefruit, particularly red grapefruit, can improve cholesterol and triglycerides because of its antioxidant levels. Unfortunately, it can also interfere with the breakdown of certain cholesterol-lowering Statin drugs and make drug levels rise to dangerous levels. Fortunately, you don’t need to drink more than one glass to be benefited for at least three days.
The Statins affected by grapefruit include:
- Atorvastatin(marketed under such names as Lipitor, Torvatin, Atopric, etc.)
- Lovastatin(marketed under such names as Mevacor, Altocor, etc.)
- Simvastatin(marketed under such names as Zocor, Simvastatin, Simlup, etc.)
Grapefruit can also interfere with other drugs, including antidepressants, anti-hypertensives, anti-anxiety agents, anti-arrhythmics, calcium blockers, cough suppressants, corticosteroids, erectile dysfunction agents, immunosuppressants and hormones. So, check with your doctor about eating or drinking grapefruit if you are taking any of these medications and always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medications.