Grapefruit statins - what you really need to know

Friday 24th February  2012

  • Grapefruit statins just why are our GPs so against grapefruit juice?
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  • The TRUTH about grapefruit and statins

This week I'm talking about grapefruit statins.

But first, some food news that absolutely turned my stomach.

Last Friday I told you all about the advances being made in stem cell research, and how the new techniques were allowing our own cells to heal us.

Well, on Monday I heard a news item about a mad scientist who was growing beef stem cells to make them into hamburgers!

Did anyone else have nightmares from watching the Quatermass Experiment on TV as a child? If you did you can imagine what was going through my head when I heard this.

I’m sorry but as much as I applaud the medical application of ethical stem cells I abhor the concept of test tube meat.

It is wrong...wrong...WRONG!

And that was how I ended up in the pub trying to clear my poor old head.

“Did you know if you tried to put coffee through as a crop chemical it would fail the tests?”

A startling point that one of the horny handed sons of the soil delivered in the snug as I nursed a well deserved beer.

He seemed to take exception to the fact  I had been having a bit of a rant about modern reliance on science and chemicals to grow our food especially if it’s just to keep it fresh enough to sell in a supermarket.

In fact it was the sole reason for writing my [Season to Taste] cookbook. I think many folk thought I was trying to muscle in on the celebrity chef book market, but it was all about using the good stuff when it is available from your local growers.

My hayseed friend went on to say that the same would be true of beer, tea and even grapefruit juice.

This caused me to splutter into my pint of finest ale. I thought he had gone too far this time. The pure juice of the sun ripened fruit could surely do no harm to anyone.

“It’s true,” he said with a determined look on his weather beaten face, “My doctor has said I shouldn’t drink it!”

The penny dropped or rather it hit my old balding cranium with a dull thud...

...I asked what medication he was on, and lo and behold another nemesis lurched into view – this wasn’t going to be the quiet pint I had planned on. I just knew I was going to get hot under the collar, and dear reader I even resorted to a cuss or two!

“Bloody statins again,” I exclaimed a little too loudly so that several folk turned to stare, old Joe in the corner woke from his traditional slumber and the dominos game was interrupted as a few of the tiles dropped to the floor.

I lowered my voice and felt myself blush slightly, “The problem isn’t with the juice, my dear fellow, it’s the fact it makes that drug even more dangerous.”

Your GP is waiting to pounce

Please note the use of the words ‘even more dangerous’. I think regular readers will know that I am no fan of this class of cholesterol lowering drugs.

Even more so I detest the feeling that every GP in the country appears to be hooked on prescribing the holy trinity of drugs to anyone over the age of 45;

1) A statin to reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream, rather than give sound and proven advice about how these can be managed by diet, exercise and a range of natural remedies.

2) An ACE inhibitor, such as Lisinopril to counteract hypertension, again without using any of the simpler routes to lowering blood pressure.

3) Metformin to control increased blood sugar, once again all natural and low risk alternatives don’t seem to appear.

In all three cases there should be a policy of good honest advice rather than reaching for the prescription pad at the first opportunity.

Why natural grapefruit juice is classed as more dangerous than a drug

So, to set my drinking chums mind at rest I explained why the pure, unsweetened juice of a natural fruit could ever be bad for you.

Like all drugs that we take statins have to be broken down by the body to prevent toxic build up, normally this occurs in the liver.

The enzymes which do this are specific to the classes of drugs being taken, for statins they are called cytochrome P-450 and P-glycoprotein, and it is these enzymes which are affected by the juice.

Basically when you consume a glass of grapefruit juice as well as taking statins the liver stops producing the enzymes, and renders those present useless. As a result your body harbours much higher levels of the drug than it should and liver, kidney and muscle damage can occur.

Now can I have a little clear thinking here... if the drug taken has the potential to damage our major organs and muscle systems why are we taking it in the first place?

Where is the logic in a GP telling a patient that natural, pure, unrefined fruit juice should be avoided so that they can continue to take a synthetic, expensive and potentially damaging drug?

I ask you!

On Sunday I am going to tell you about a way to lower cholesterol, improve circulation, ease joint pain and even protect your skin from the ravaging effects of the winter weather.

It’s a piece of Moroccan gold that is available in capsule form... bet you can’t wait.

Yours, as always


Ray

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