Why Shouldn’t You Take Medicine with Grapefruit Juice?

The most fascinating part about this is that they only discovered it fairly recently, and by accident. They were doing tests to see if a drug interacted with alcohol, and sweetened the alcohol with grapefruit juice for the subject… I guess they somehow realized it wasn’t the alcohol that had the reaction with the medicine.

If that guy preferred cranberry juice, we may still not know.

Mixing Meds With Dietary Supplements?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that prescription or over-the-counter medications, when taken with a vitamin, mineral, or other dietary supplement, could seriously endanger your health. Here’s what you need to know.

The FDA says that some dietary supplements can increase or decrease the effects of certain medications by changing the way they’re absorbed, metabolized, or excreted. As a result, mixing dietary supplements and medications could have dangerous, even life-threatening, consequences.

Source: Mixing Meds With Dietary Supplements Could Be a Danger

Supplements don’t fall under FDA regulation.  But the article doesn’t mention the Grapefruit Effect.

Difference between Citrus Zest, Peel and Rind

Zest is the colourful part; peel and rind are the same thing. Peel/rind is both the colour and the white pith.

Zest appears as an ingredient in recipes for adding the flavour of the fruit.  When eating citrus, don’t let things go to waste – use a grater and do the whole thing.  You can store the zest in airtight bags in the freezer.  Being so small, thawing takes no time if you want to use zest in dressing, soup, sauce, sorbet, etc.

However there is a caveat for those of us on medications.  Citrus zest has been found to have furanocoumarins, the class of chemical compound that can play havoc with your medication (known as The Grapefruit Effect).