I have heard that pomegranate juice is not good for you if you have heart issues. Have you any details on this?

Pomegranate juice is filled with healthy vitamins and minerals and can be a safe and healthy part of your diet. However, there are some instances where pomegranate juice may not be safe for you to consume. First I would recommend checking your medications. If you are taking medications to help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, or are on blood thinners, pomegranate would not be recommended. Pomegranate juice is rich in vitamin K, which improves the clotting ability of the blood. For most people this is a good thing – but this isn’t helpful if you’re on blood thinners! Those taking ACE inhibitors (i.e. Lotensin, Vasotec, Captoten) to help regulate blood pressure should also avoid pomegranate juice. Because pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure, if you’re already on blood pressure-lowering medicine, it’s possible your blood pressure could go too low. You may want to check with your doctor about the safety of drinking pomegranate juice if you are taking medications for cholesterol (Lipitor, Crestor etc.) Pomegranate juice may impact how the liver breaks down various medication and your doctor will determine whether or not the juice would have any interaction with that medication.

I love pomegranate juice. As I mentioned it can be a great addition to your diet because it is high in antioxidants and can help improve your immune system. Foods high in antioxidants may help reduce risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke. But I caution my patients on consuming too much juice in general. It is easy to over-consume calories when they are in a liquid form. Consuming too many calories without burning enough can lead to weight gain and obesity. So I encourage people to consume a glass or two of 100% juice and then be sure to eat a variety of whole fruits and vegetables (pomegranates too!) because they contain fiber and have the ability to help us feel full. This can reduce overall calorie intake and can help us stay at a healthy weight.

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