Your heart medication and healthy diet may be conflicting

Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for everyone, especially a patient of heart disease. However, if you are on certain heart medications, some healthy foods may be causing dangerous interactions between the two.

Some of the best examples are grapefruits and pomegranates. These two fruits can effect the way cholesterol medications work.

Another example includes green leafy veggies such as spinach and kale. These can counteract blood thinning medication that is used to prevent strokes. This doesn’t give you a free pass to avoid vegetables though. Some medications work with your normal diet so it’s important for you to maintain consistency and balance.

Alcohol is always a controversial health topic with many studies showing that in moderation, red wine can be good for you. On the other hand, overindulging in the consumption of alcohol is unhealthy. Drinking alcohol can have an impact by changing the way your liver filters the medication throughout your body.

Your best bet is to consult your doctor regarding the medication they have prescribed. Make sure you know what restrictions or limitations you have while taking your heart medication.

Information for this post was found from the American Heart Association. Check out their website for the “Food and Medication Interactions” post in its entirety.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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