Do not eat grapefruit if you have any of these conditions

Do not eat grapefruit if you have any of these conditions
Do not eat grapefruit if you have any of these conditions

Grapefruit is a fruit that contains many health benefits. However, some people with special conditions should be wary of it.

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Filled with antioxidants, potassium and fiber, it is generally a great fruit to include in your diet. It moisturizes the skin and reduces cholesterol levels in the blood.

Eating one medium-sized grapefruit can even give you 100% of your daily vitamin C needs.

However, it is not a fruit that is good for everyone. With its acidic characteristics, the food could worsen symptoms for those suffering from digestive problems like gastroesophageal reflux.

People experiencing inflammation of the stomach lining, called gastritis, should also avoid it, according to Hopkins Medicine, reported by the New York Post.

Ulcer, a sore that develops on the lining of the stomach, small intestine or esophagus, is another condition where it is not recommended to consume grapefruit.

Citrus can also react to certain medications, especially because it can block an enzyme that helps your body break them down.

The list includes:

  • Cholesterol-lowering medications (atorvastatin, lovastatin and simvastatin);
  • Fexofenadine, found in allergy medications;
  • The antihypertensive nifedipine for blood pressure;
  • The immunosuppressant cyclosporine, for organ transplantation.

If you are taking medication, be sure to consult your doctor first.

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