medication

One-third of all marijuana consumption is either eaten in food or ingested as a drink and the use of marijuana edibles has increased with the expansion of legalized recreational and medical use. The effect of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana has been associated with an increase in traffic accidents and deaths, but … Read More

Getting the most from medication. For those taking drugs for high blood pressure or high cholesterol, adding healthy habits will reduce the risk of heart disease by 57%.   … Read More

Pomegranate caution. Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice can interfere with blood pressure medications, antidepressants, AIDS drugs, and some narcotic pain relievers. If you take medication and drink pomegranate juice regularly, check with your doctor or pharmacist. … Read More

Between 1988 and 2010, average total cholesterol values for American adults dropped from 206 to 196. This may not seem like a lot, but on a population basis that is a major shift in the right direction. Values under 200 are considered heart healthy. That is the good news. The bad news is that the … Read More

Lifestyle trumps drugs for a healthy heart. Not smoking, drinking in moderation, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating right can reduce the risk of heart disease by 87%. … Read More

Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may sound like a good idea, but it can interfere with blood pressure medications, antidepressants, AIDS drugs, and some narcotic pain relievers. Pine nuts and cashews are high in vitamin K and can interfere with anticoagulant drugs like Coumadin (warfarin). Grapefruit juice increases the potency of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs which could cause … Read More

A healthy diet and regular exercise will make your meds more effective. When your doctor prescribes drugs for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes, don’t consider them a “get-out-of-jail-free” card. Exercise and healthy eating boosts your medication to give you better results. … Read More

Don’t wash down meds with grapefruit juice. The effect of cholesterol-lowering drugs, some blood pressure medications, sedatives, and immunosuppressive drugs can all be enhanced–to your detriment!–when taken along with grapefruit juice. … Read More

If you’re taking medication, ask about possible interactions with nuts. Pine nuts and cashews are high in vitamin K and can interfere with anticoagulant drugs like Coumadin (warfarin). Others nuts do not interact with this class of drugs. … Read More