Heart Trouble? 30 Herbal Remedies to Avoid

Though widely viewed as safe, herbal remedies can cause serious interactions in people taking prescription drugs for heart problems. Check out the following guide to herbal products that heart patients should avoid.

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Grapefruit juice

What it is: The juice cartons in the supermarket, right next to the orange juice.

What it’s used for: To lose weight and to promote heart health.

The risk: Grapefruit juice interferes with an enzyme that is essential for properly absorbing medications including statins and calcium-channel blockers, which intensifies the effect of those drugs. A single glass of grapefruit juice more than doubles the amount of calcium-channel blocker available to the body, research has shown.

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