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Grapefruit juice can boost potency of cancer drugs

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Grapefruit juice can boost potency of cancer drugs - The Times of India

This is not new

This is mentioned in Vedas.

The sour grape (amphakion) "Omphacium" is a kind of oil obtained from the olive and vine. The former is from white olive and the vine is from Aminaean grape, when the size of a chick- pea just rising of dog star (The Sun). The verjuice (Unripe fruit juice) is put in earthen vessels and then stored in vessels of cyprian copper. The best is reddish, acrid and dry to taste. Also the unripe grape is pounded in the mortar, dried in the Sun and then divided in to lozenges. The aminaean grape is a lanata or woolly grape "So that we not be surprised at the wool bearing trees of seres or the Indians." The former were mulberry trees with silk worm cocoons bred on them and later were cotton. Pliny says "Omphacium heals ulcerations of the humid parts of the body such as the mouth, tonsillary glands etc., the powerful action of omphacium is modified by honey or raisin vine. It also cure dysentery, spitting of blood and quinsy." (Ref:Wilfred H.Schoff, Ed,, Periplus of the Erythraean Sea(Travel and Trade in the Indian Ocean by a merchant of the first Century) Second edition., Oriental books reprint Corporation, New Delhi-110055, 1974 pp 75-76) Further there were number of wooden planks used for extracting oils. This is described in a book by Chattopadhyay K.P., Ancient India Cultures and Migrations, Firma K.L..Mukhopadhyay, Culcutta-12, 1970 pp 91-98

So it is already there, old wine in new container!
rom Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.

Yes, grapefruit juice, other grapefruit products and certain other citrus fruits can interfere with several kinds of prescription medications. Don't take these interactions lightly, as some can cause potentially dangerous health problems. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before consuming any grapefruit products or citrus fruits if you take prescription medications. You may need to eliminate grapefruit products from your diet. Simply taking your medication and grapefruit product at different times doesn't stop the interaction.

Certain chemicals that grapefruit products and citrus fruits contain can interfere with the enzymes that break down (metabolize) various medications in your digestive system. As a result, more medication stays in your body. This can increase the potency of your medication to potentially dangerous levels, causing serious side effects.

Pomelos and Seville oranges, a type of bitter orange often used to make marmalades and compotes, may have a similar effect. Researchers are identifying other foods that also may interact with medications, so check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.

Here are a few examples of prescription medications that can have serious interactions with grapefruit products. This is not a complete list of grapefruit-medication interactions, so check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if your medication is affected.

Examples of grapefruit-medication interactions
Type of medication Medication name
Anti-anxiety Buspirone
Anti-arrhythmia Amiodarone (Cordarone)
Antidepressant Sertraline (Zoloft)
Antihistamine Fexofenadine (Allegra)
Anti-retroviral Saquinavir (Invirase), indinavir (Crixivan)
Anti-seizure Carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol)
Calcium channel blocker Nifedipine (Procardia), nimodipine (Nimotop), nisoldipine (Sular)
Immunosuppressant Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), tacrolimus (Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune)
Statin Simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor)
Grapefruit juice: Beware of dangerous medication interactions - MayoClinic.com
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