Taking Heart Drugs? 9 Supplements to Avoid (and Some Alternatives)

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Uses: As an immune system booster, to ward off diabetes, and sometimes for heart conditions

Possible interactions: Ginseng can increase blood pressure and may lessen a person’s response to certain diuretic medications, which are used to treat hypertension that results from heart failure or kidney problems. Ginseng has been shown to make blood clot more quickly in people taking warfarin, potentially lessening the blood-thinning effects of the drug and raising the odds of a life-threatening clot.

Alternatives: Get educated. Take a self-assessment to learn your diabetes risk, and consider 4 tips for a low-carb diabetes diet. Protect your immune system with 7 tips to fight off a cold.

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