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Statins and Grapefruit

statins and grapfruitFor treating cholesterol problems, Western doctors prescribe statins as an overwhelming majority to any other treatment plan.  That is because they work on each element of the cholesterol panel- HDL, LDL, and triglycerides.

In order for drugs to work, they must be broken down and absorbed into the body. The process by which this happens is the work of special enzymes.

In the Grapefruit Effect, the enzymes that statins need to do their job are blocked by bergamot in, which is a chemical in grapefruit.  It is called a furanocoumarin.

If medication cannot be metabolized, it builds up in the system and causes dangerous side effects.  Grapefruit is listed primarily as the key “offender” because its furanocoumarin concentrations are higher.  But other citrus fruits can cause the same problem if consumed in high enough volumes.

The irony is that this compound is one that makes the absorption of other drugs better, thereby decreasing the dosage of that kind of drug needed to achieve the same effect.

Who would have thought that something so good for you can wreak such havoc?  This dynamic only exists because of one key element: The statin drug.

Statins are sometimes the only recourse for people with very dangerous cholesterol levels.  Many times, however, the cholesterol problem is a stubborn one and statins are necessary because taking a pill is the only treatment that a doctor feels a patient will reliably do every day.

This is a pity, since many doctors I know sometimes throw their hands up when asked about cholesterol treatments.  They don’t like to have to limit their patients’ food choices when healthy food is involved.
But they feel that their hands are tied because they can’t trust their patients to actually trade the bowl of ice cream for a bowl of grapes.

Now I know there are a good number of readers that will say, “Christian…I am very careful about what I eat and I still have a problem with cholesterol.”  This may be true, but my comments here are directed more to the people who aren’t as careful…or who may be lying to themselves about what they are actually eating.

No one likes to be lectured or shamed, especially as an adult.  Part of the reason we move out of the house is to make our own way.  But that shouldn’t mean discarding solid advice about proper nutrition when Granny or whomever tried to impart nutritional wisdom.

With that in mind, the following fruits that you may have had growing up in some form are worth working back into your diet.  Of course, diabetics should balance the sugar in these fruits as they normally would with lower-calorie foods, and everyone should be packing their diets with quality fiber.

But for now, throw these little guys in a blender with a little sugar-free yogurt and a few ice cubes:
Blueberries- Contain a powerful antioxidant in the form of a phytosterol, pterostilbene, which binds to the receptors that cholesterol would normally find.
Grapes- Packed with flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants. They help naturally sweeten juices, salads, and other recipes where you might not otherwise think to use them.  They also prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Pomegranate- Increases nitric oxide in the blood, which helps reduce arterial plaque because it is a vaso-dilator. The blood vessels soften and expand, loosening the plaque.
Once you start using natural methods to Beat Cholesterol, your numbers may improve enough that your physician or mid-level may feel comfortable reducing the dosage of your statin.  With his or her close supervision, you may eventually be able to free yourself from it.

Then, you can start working grapefruit, orange, lemons, and other citrus back into your diet to make use of all the extraordinary benefits of this family of foods such as improved vision, memory, skin, and heart health.

You will also be able to start using that new bergamot tea that you weren’t able to drink before, or the bergamot essential oil that is so good for the skin.

Try my guide today for naturally reducing cholesterol, and see yourself healthier in less than 30 days.

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  1. Dr. J. Waldron says:

    Cool article and informative. Fish oil also good to lower cholesterol (omega-3, etc). Also nattokinase (enzyme from natto) is very good alternative to Plavix!!!! check it out..

  2. Robert J. Williams says:

    This good information about the binding of different food components to the sites where cholesterol molecule has its effect. But can the patient understand what is taken place in the mean time.

  3. Mary says:

    I wish everyone would checkout the side effects possible with statin drugs since your doctor is likely to ignore them when you go to him/her to tell what is happening to you.

    Dr. Graveline has lots of info on statin drugs. Just Google his name and you will find numerous articles about statins.

    They can be extremely dangerous to your health, far more dangerous than your cholesterol levels.

  4. maureen smith says:

    very interesting article, makes me want to explore further which I will do.


  5. Anonymous says:

    I was presribed statins and on them for a few years, but never told about the dangers of grapefruit. We also ate grapefruit just about every morning.I was astonished to read in a magazine the seriousness of grapefruit combined with statins and immediately stopped eating grapefruit which I love. Neither my doctor nor my pharmacist mentioned the dangers of grapefruit.! However, I have eaten blueberries along with yogurt every morning for about ten years. I
    I will now include grapes and pomegranite as well and hopefully have some good results for my next annual check-up. Thank you for the information. keep up the good work.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have just submitted a comment and the response says it looks like I have already said that! No- I have not submitted this ever before.

  7. ed murphy says:

    good article, informative and well presented

  8. Frances Moore says:

    Wholeheartedly agree with your article. I was once on statin but went off due to muscle pains etc. My cholesterol reading is 7 at the moment. Am eating orange with peel and drinking grapefruit juice and am satisfied with that but my doctor is unhappy with it so I changed my doctor. I enjoy your articles and keep up the good advice.

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  10. Dianne says:

    I truly enjoyed the information. Thank you.

  11. angelo says:

    Thank you for sharing us this good information.

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