Many men and women between ages 40 and 75 take statin drugs to lower their risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, in the United States, one in five people take these cholesterol-lowering drugs.
While the use of statin drugs is common, what many users don't know is that mixing these drugs with certain supplements or even foods can make them less effective. Read on to learn about the biggest culprits.
Grapefruit juice is the number one culprit of statin drug interactions!
According to Dr Tod Cooperman, founder of ConsumerLab.com, grapefruit is the biggest culprit when it comes to things that affect the effectiveness of statin drugs. And here’s an interesting fact – the effects of grapefruit juice may last as long as three days in your system!
In an interview with Newsmax Health,
Dr Cooperman said that other fruit juices may also interfere with the way the drugs are absorbed, but that his team found in their testing that grapefruit juice impairs the body’s normal breakdown of stain drugs, allowing them to build up potentially excessive levels in the blood.
The types of statin drugs that grapefruit juice interferes with the most are atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor and Altoprev) and simvastatin (Zocor). There are, however, some types of statin drugs that don’t seem to be affected by grapefruit juice. These include pravastatin (Pravachol), fluvastatin (Lescol) and rosuvastatin (Crestor).
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Popular supplements can also affect the benefits of statin drugs...
St John’s Wort, a popular supplement that’s commonly used to treat depression
, may decrease the blood levels of certain statin drugs. The combination of this supplement and atorvastin in particular can actually result in increased cholesterol
Certain types of magnesium, another widely used supplement, can also negatively affect the benefits of Crestor. “Be aware that this caveat applies not only to magnesium supplements but also to magnesium found in over-the-counter antacids and laxatives that contain this mineral,” cautioned Dr Cooperman.
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