More and more of us are looking at our diets and trying to live a healthier life – a variety of fruit maybe one thing we try to include daily. But…did you know that the innocent looking grapefruit actually has hidden dangers – one of them being that it interacts with certain medications! Today I discuss this.
hi guys happy Monday you may wonder why I have this little bad boy this grapefruit today's video is on grapefruits which sounds really really random but honestly I think I've got a really important point to make I must excuse the noise my little boy Issa and his home he starts school tomorrow his first day say grapefruit so where did it all start basically I read to my kids at night we were reading Harry Potter and Harry's cousin Dudley it has to go on a diet and he starts eating grapefruit so my daughter says to me mom what does grapefruit taste like so we got into that conversation she was like a really really one try one and I was like okay we will get a grapefruit and she was asking me to describe what it looks like so one night she is like oh I try to look it up on the Internet what grapefruit looks like but it just looks like an orange and I was like well there's white grapefruits and pink grapefruit some red grapefruits and they're different colors inside and so I said right I'm gonna get my phone now I never ever get my phone while I'm getting her to sleep ever because it's just reading but I was like come on we'll have a look so we started looking at grapefruit and it's like all the health benefits its anti-aging it's got so much goodness in it and I say to her oh my god I'm gonna start having a grapefruit every single day I like these benefits and then something caught my eye the dangers of grapefruits and I was like oh that's weird so I said just let me look at the dangers a second and I looked up the dangers and one of them is that it interacts with medication so then I say to my daughter I just want to check what medications it interacts with and I went and have a look and sure enough there is my medication on it so I've looked it up for you basically I've got it here so I will read it it says it can interact with some common medications altering their effects on your body and I believe it's like over 85 different medication in tracks river there's 32 common drugs that have dangerous interactions with grapefruits basically someone said how does it interact with medications it says medications are processed in your liver and small intestines by a specialized group of proteins called CY Peas cy peas break down medication reducing the blood levels of many of them but grapefruit and a few of its close relatives such as Seville oranges tangelos pomelos and mini owners contain a class of chemicals called furanocoumarins something like that they basically disrupt the normal function of the cy peas that break down the medication in fact studies show that they increase the blood levels of over eighty-five medications so therefore it makes if you take say one tablet it increases its potency in your blood to four or five times the amount so they can be really really dangerous now I'm on quetiapine and could try of him is one of them now anyone who knows anything about put hope in it's quite sedative like it's um yeah so I can imagine I'm on 200 if I had that potency up to like 800 it would be seriously dangerous I know what I'm doing I'd be completely out of it it says it doesn't take much one grapefruit or one glass of grapefruit juice is enough to let them alter the medication and it lasts several days the grapefruits ability to affect medication lasts from one to three days and it says it's significant for a small number of drugs grapefruits effects can be serious so there's cholesterol medication blood pressure medications interacts with some heart rhythm medications some anti infection medications mood medications so there's others but I'm focusing on the mood because I know a lot of you guys are probably all mood stabilizers or something so it says most antidepressants and anti-anxiety different drugs are safe to use with grapefruit however several mood medications do interact with it including number one the pro pian or wellbutrin to quetiapine Ciroc which is Rockwell three larissa dome or letter number four zip Brassard own or geodon five per spy run or bus / six diazepam valium 7 midazolam or versat and eight cry as alone health 'i'm so basically can it says here it's blood level increase can increase dizziness increase sleepiness drugs like retire penal lute lewis item i used to treat mood and behavioral disorders increased levels of these can cause heart rhythm changes yeah so basically i've read them out to you cuz no one has ever said to me shouldn't eat great food what medic are you on medications like when I've gone to the doctor and they've talked about what medication I should be on a doctor has never said you don't eat great food do you it has never been mentioned so I looked at enough it's like only NHS website the NHS National Health Service over in the UK it's on their website it's everywhere there's loads of information about it and yet I never knew this and I think this is a really big deal because like I said a lot of us are on like mood stabilizers or these handed drugs some of you might be on the other types I read some of them is there certain blood thinners set several pain medications such as fentanyl oxycodone and called casein Oh colchicine a few erectile dysfunction and prostate medications so they're the other types but yeah look it up because no one has ever ever mentioned this to me now in the kind of world we live at now more and more people are going vegan or vegetarian warm people more and more people look at their dire I say how important it is to look at our diet for our mood Oh bless you there's my baby say hi you say hi you're gonna say he's gone sorry so if we like looking to change her diet be healthy grapefruits really really healthy and it's something that many of us might think yes I'm gonna include that in my daily diet I might have a glass of the juice in the morning or I might have a grapefruit at lunch or a snack be warned basically just be warmed because I had no idea it was really random that I found this out one minute I'm sat there on the bed telling my daughter oh my goodness I'm gonna start having a grapefruit every single day - all of a sudden spotting something same dangers and then thinking I'm gonna look it up and then I'm gonna look up the medications it's just really by chance that happened and had I not look up the dangers I wouldn't have known about it and I was going to start the next day going out and getting grapefruits I've got the grapefruit it's because my daughter wanted to try them but I will not eat them now whereas how do I not seen that information I would probably eat in there and dream completely out of it two words so yeah I wanted to do a quick video on that today guys I have a guest youtuber the lovely trade Jones who's going to be doing a video for my channel this week so look out for that and enjoy the rest of your week I love you all later
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