Don’t Eat These Foods If You Take Blood Thinners or Statins

February 28, 2020
Don’t Eat These Foods If You Take Blood Thinners or Statins

Foods to avoid when taking heart medications

All medications, even life-savings ones, have potential side effects and risks. If you take medicine for your heart, doctors recommend staying away from some foods because of the risk of interaction.

Blood thinners: Eat fewer foods with vitamin K

Foods high in vitamin K can counteract the blood-thinning effects of warfarin (Coumadin®). Eat these foods in moderation:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Green onions
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Spinach

You should also enjoy green tea, alcohol and cranberry juice in moderation.

Statins: Don't eat grapefruit

Grapefruit and other citrus fruits can interfere with how your body metabolizes these medications.

Diuretic: Avoid sodium

Because sodium causes the body to retain water, it can counteract the effect of diuretics that rid your body of fluid build-up.

If you have questions about possible interactions with your medication, talk to your cardiologist.