What diet should I follow if I am taking statins?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
There's no point in allowing the food you eat to fight the medication you take. The protective effect of statins is enhanced by a diet that is low in saturated fat and naturally high in fiber and omega-3 fats. Eating well can reduce the dose of drug you need and therefore reduce the risk of side effects.

Two components of a healthy diet that need to be watched if you're taking a statin are grapefruit juice and pomegranate juice. Each of these can raise the blood level of statins. If you increase or decrease the amounts of these juices you consume, you may have to change the dose of statin you're taking.

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