The interactions between aliments and drugs

Grapefruit is an important aliment, but has several interactions with drugs which must be considered. Grapefruit is a fruit rich in C vitamin, kalium, also containing glucarate, that can prevent breast cancer. Grapefruit also contains substances which inhibit tumors, being useful against all forms of cancer.

Pink-red grapefruit contains lycopene, which is a powerful natural medicine against prostate cancer. Fruit pulp is rich in soluble and insoluble dietary fibers which stabilizes blood sugar and decreases blood fats.

Though, grapefruit has several counter-indicated interactions with many drugs, some of them being common drugs, this is one reason for which we must be careful when we choose to put this fruit in our daily dietary. In this list are drugs as contraceptives, caffeine, ephedrine, codeine, drugs for asthma or for erectile issues, drugs for heart diseases, drugs taken by HIV infected individuals, drugs against cancer, drugs which are used to heal common diseases as flus, drugs against epilepsy, or against strokes, and so on. This is the reason why grapefruit it was banned in Western hospitals.

Dairy and alcoholic drinks are, also, useful in treatment of several diseases, but they still have specific counter-indications. Thus, antidepressants associated with fermented cheese, wine, especially the red wine, or with beer, can determines serious crisis of hypertension.

Also, milk and diary aren’t recommended for consumption to the persons taking antibiotics, especially tetracyclines, because calcium, magnesium and iron ions contained in milk inhibit absorption of tetracyclines from digestive tract.

The alcohol increase the toxicity of drugs used in treatment of heart diseases, liver diseases and neurological diseases.The alcohol is also counter-indicated when someone takes paracetamol. On the other hand, the alcohol does affect efficiency of penicillins, but doesn’t decrease the efficiency of many other drugs. Instead, drinking alcohol while taking sedatives could be very dangerous.

Foods with a high level of K vitamin as parsley, spinach, nettle, cruciferous sprouts, salad, seaweed aren’t recommended for daily dietary of persons which have suffered a stroke, or which have a heart disease, or for those which are under treatment with anticoagulants, salicylates, aspirin.

For those which suffer of gastric hyperacidity isn’t desired consumption of acidic fruits, carbonated drinks, acidic juices, or of any other acidic foods, at least during the treatment with anti-acidic drugs.

Meat, being an important part of our dietary, must be ate carefully, depending of the drugs whom an individual takes, as part of his or her medical treatment or cure.

Ton flesh could generate allergic manifestations for those which treat themselves against tuberculosis.

Grilled meat produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which could determine developing of cancer and increasing the activity of some enzymes, fact that causes a loss of eficiency for drugs prescribed against asthma, and also, may have similar negative effects on some analgesics, sedatives, antiarrhythmics, viral inhibitors used in HIV-AIDS treatment, antiemetics.

Herbs have their own specific issues. Thus, Saint John’s wort shouldn’t be used by the subjects which follows treatments with heart tonics, drugs against asthma, antiulcer drugs, immunosuppressions, oral contraceptives, drugs against HIV.

Kitchen salt, sugars and coffeine are another dietary chapter. Salt isn’t compatible with cortisones because determine an excess of salt retention, physical effects being appearance of edema and hypertension.

Sugars, as sugar, glucose, honey and sweet foods aren’t compatible with cortisones because of the risk of provoking sugar diabetes.

Coffeine and guarana aren’t compatible with diuretics, neither with sedatives, because their action will be seriously decreased.

Food additives and artificial flavors have their specific issues, they interacting with detoxification systems of the human body.

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