High Blood Pressure Remedy Report

Grapefruit and High Blood Pressure – More Than Just A Fruit!

by Alvin

Do you like grapefruit? Well, if you answered yes to that question and you have high blood pressure, than I have some good news for you. Grapefruits are one of several fruits, including bananas, melons, oranges, tomatoes, and prunes that contain high amounts of potassium, which has been proven to lower blood pressure.

Research has shown that consuming 2-3 grams of potassium a day can lower both your systolic pressure (aka the first number in a blood pressure reading) and diastolic pressure (aka the second number) by at least two points. This may not seem like much, but studies have shown that even a drop that small can reduce heart disease by six percent, and strokes by 14 percent.

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In addition, grapefruits contain pectin, which is a fiber that also helps lower blood pressure, and also contain certain other compounds that help reduce artery hardening.

However, (and this is a big however) consuming grapefruit while taking certain blood pressure medications can cause problems. This is because grapefruits and grapefruit juice contain certain compounds that inhibit an enzyme found in the small intestine that breaks down and absorbs medications.

With the enzyme inhibited, this means that higher levels of the medication get into the blood, which can cause problems, as these higher levels can be toxic and can cause organ damage. The effects of this enzyme-inhibition can last for more than twenty-four hours after consuming grapefruit as well.

The following general types of medication are affected by drinking or eating grapefruit products: statins, antihistamines, calcium channel blockers, psychiatric medications, intestinal medications, immune suppressants, pain medications, impotence medications, anti-HIV medications, and antiarrhythmics. Of all the blood pressure medication categories, the one most affected by grapefruits are calcium channel-blockers.

Not every drug that fits in one of these categories is affected by grapefruits though, and I strongly recommend that you talk to your doctor to see if what you’re taking will be affected if you decide to have a grapefruit half or drink a glass of grapefruit juice with your breakfast.

Keep in mind though that even if you can’t have grapefruit, there are still other fruits that also have a lot of potassium, none of which have the same effect as grapefruit, and you could also take potassium supplements instead as well (it’s not recommended that you take both together though).

There’s evidence that shows that people who have diets high in potassium are less likely to have high blood pressure than those who don’t, so if you’re at risk of developing high blood pressure, or if you already have it, adding some potassium-rich foods to your diet will certainly benefit you in the years to come.

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12 Comments • Posted in Natural Remedies

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  1. linda perrier

    is this for real we have graperfruit every morning the dole containers we buy at costco and my husband is on a beta blocker enalapril 10/25 he takes this with his other meds in the am. this would we hearbreaking as we just love this fruit nyself i take nothing at all

  2. mary browning

    I really don’t see why half of a grapefruit would do any harm. What do all of you out there think?

    Mary

  3. Kim Martin

    Mary,
    You want to eat grapefruit while on blood pressure medication in spite of the medical evidence and risk organ damage?
    Well in the least you know the risk you are taking…..

  4. Judi Copeland

    I have been diagnosed with both high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Over the course of a year, I have been on several medications which did not seem to help much and the side effects were not pleasant.

    At one point, even on the meds, my bp went all the way up to 225/150 and I was then prescribed another drug which made it drop really fast, but I kept passing out and it felt like my brain was being eaten.

    Despite the warnings of not drinking grapefruit juice or having the fruit, I decided to give it a try. At first I took it along with my meds and I didn’t see very much improvement. Then I stopped taking the one for my bp and my readings have been consistently normal for over 3 weeks even though I still drink coffee and went back to my usual salt intake. I don’t know about my cholesterol yet as I don’t see the doctor again for 3 months, but I have not felt any ill effects of taking Simvistatin with grapefruit juice everyday.

    I’m not recommending people do this experiment. I’m just stating my own experience. I was desperate and felt like more harm was being done to me by medication than good. Supposedly the mixture of statins with the fruit can cause organ damage, but much like everything else I think it depends on your personal body chemistry, weight, height, age… Even so, if I had to take those meds for life it wouldn’t be a good thing for me.

  5. Helen

    Is it safe to drink grapefruit juice with Avapro (high blood pressure)?

  6. Gabriela

    OMG, I had no idea. I already have low blood presure. And this fruit is about the one helping me out with a sore throat.

  7. Ra72

    I had heard this from a co worker, but reading the article sheds more information to me. Judi, if you are still alive, why would you go back to your original salt intake? I could chug grapefruit juice, but I figure my health is worth the effort. But I will ask my doctor if I could substitute potassium supplements for the blood pressure medicine-I hate the side effects.

  8. Maxine Lane

    What do you think? I have been trying to lose weight recently and tried a diet that was high on grapefruit consumption (3 glasses of juice or 1/2 a grapefruit daily). I was sensible however and ate a reasonable amount of proteins and carbs. My weight loss was successful and I felt great. However, I’ve been experiencing quite noticable palpitations and slight dizziness. The only thing I can put it down to is the grapefruit but I am not taking any medication whatsoever. Does anyone have any ideas?

  9. Barbara

    I am for anything that will replace medications. They will eventually kill you. The meds cause other diseases that we would then have to get other meds for ..ones that are unrelated (we think)…and never know that it was caused by the meds we take. I have very high BP and stopped taking all medications except once in a while when it goes way high…like 180 over 110. Maybe I should not do that. I like to eat 1/2 grapefruit for breakfast and think I will start again eatng it.
    Cholestral meds are a scam for the drug companies. They can only affect 25% and the side affects are terrible. My husband quit taking cholestrol meds (now black listed) and there is not difference. I think we should eat right and not worry about it. The drug companies are the ones who set the standard of what the count should be on all the lab work…they make the standard low so you wll supposedly need med.

  10. Rosalind Russell

    I think it can only harm you if you use with medication. Jehovah created all things, grapefruit as a fruit, toeat. It most likely will have an impact on drugs used whether or not it is for BP medication.

  11. Tyree Jones

    I agree with you Rosalind. They actually make drugs from plants and other things but they can’t patent things grown naturally. So, to make money they create things with the same or similar properties to sell to us. I believe the earth grows everything we need to survive. We just need to know what plants do what and in which combinations we should use them.

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