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Backwards: Natural Compounds in Grapefruit Removed to Prevent Medication Reactions

Mike Barrett
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March 7th, 2013
Updated 05/08/2014 at 5:47 pm
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grapefruitzoom 265x165 Backwards: Natural Compounds in Grapefruit Removed to Prevent Medication ReactionsHow attached have we become to the pharmaceutical industry? If a negative reaction is triggered while combining certain medications and real foods, do scientists move to alter and fix the medication? Rather than altering the medication in question, scientists are actually removing naturally occurring compounds found in various fruit instead. This is the case with compounds known as furanocoumarins, found in fruit like grapefruits, celery, and lemons.

In an attempt to force nature to coexist with pharmaceutical drugs, researchers from the University of Florida have moved to create a new grapefruit low in compounds that negatively interact with certain medications. For the new creation, researchers had to cross genes between a grapefruit and a pomelo, which are naturally low in furanocoumarins. The resulting fruit is also low in furanocoumarins, allowing patients taking these medications to do so without a negative interaction sparked by consuming the fruit.

“There are certain relatives of grapefruit that we call pummelo, some of which are very, very low or have no furanocoumarins in them at all. And we’ve crossed these with ordinary grapefruit.” Fred Gmitter, a citrus geneticist at the University of Florida.

One of the largest hospital-based research institutes, The Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Canada, is just one organization that has studied the connection between grapefruit consumption and medications’ reactions. In 2008, the institute compiled a list of 17 medications that should not be combined with grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Now, that medication figure has increased to 44. Many of these medications are extremely common – with cholesterol drugs like Lovastatin, Lipitor, and a heart disease medication called Amlodipine in the mix. What’s worse, 13 of the added medications could lead to sudden death.

In addition to grapefruits, limes, Seville oranges, Minneolas, and sweeties are also “culprits”.

In a nation where pharmaceuticals reign supreme over natural healing, it isn’t so surprising to see natural foods being altered over synthetic medications. While some researchers are excited about the new findings, as furanocoumarins could make certain medications 500% stronger, the rest of us are awestruck to say the least.

Check here for a longer list of medications that shouldn’t be taken with grapefruit juice. After that, learn how you can replace the medication with natural solutions. But if you’re someone not taking any of these medications already, you can always enjoy the health benefits of grapefruit without a scare.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

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  • Mary ausdahl

    @ Josh…i believe it was genetic modification not cross breeding that did that…gm is a whole different thing that mixes plant and animal dna inserts dna that has survived nucular waste for the purpose of crops surviving different weather conditions and the harsher chemicals sprayed…crossbreeding around forever…all wheat corn soy gmo’s pretty much…

    • itsonlyausername

      Actually it was cross breeding. GM has not been used on wheat crops because the farmers don't want it. The only place GM wheat is or was grown is in trials in the UK which we have protested about intensely.

  • Lyn

    This is madness. It is unlwaful, too, surely? Just a thought… don't take the damn drugs and you won't need to take the soul out of the fruit. Those drugs will kill you anyway. And the fruit is tehre to help if left in its natural state, whichour scientists seem to be incapable of doing. We will all pay a hefty price for attempting to redesign something that evolved and survived over millions of years. Why are these psychopaths allowed to get their own way?

    • josh

      The cross breading of wheat is what caused the gluten leven in wheat to rise to a point were it has such a negitive effect on our bodies. When will they learn that they are not smarter than nature. It is extra sickening that they are not even doing it to improve mankind they are doing it to improve there wallets.

      • itsonlyausername

        High gluten is demanded by the mills and the bakeries because it makes bread rise better, lighter in texture and also fluffier. Not stodgy like low gluten wheat bread, which is actually better for you.