Getting the facts straight on supplements
Herbs and other natural supplements are becoming increasingly commonplace in medicine cabinets as Americans get more proactive about preserving health and defying the diseases of aging. But in some people, pills and extracts often dubbed “all natural” don’t play nice, say some experts. In a literature review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Mayo Clinic heart doctors warn of the potentially dangerous interactions that some herbal supplements can cause in heart patients who take blood thinners and drugs to treat high blood pressure, among other medications.
Here are nine commonly used herbs—typically taken in pill or capsule form—and one food that might pose a risk to your ticker if your have heart disease or are taking certain cardiovascular drugs.