A new study shows that drinking grapefruit juice can significantly increase the efficiency of anticancer drugs
It has long been known that grapefruit is extremely useful fruit and that it strengthens the immune system. But now, a new study shows that drinking grapefruit juice can significantly increase the efficiency of anticancer drugs. At least those are the results of American research. The study discovered that thanks to the grapefruit juice patients may be given lower doses, yet their effect will the same, if they have given a normal dose, explained the study’s authors from the University of Chicago.
For purposes of this research the scientists have given to patients every day to drink a glass of grapefruit juice along with the anticancer drug. Researchers wrote in the journal Clinical Cancer Research that the combination is as effective as triple dose of medication.
By combining grapefruit juice and anticancer drugs may avoid the side effects associated with the adoption of higher doses and to reduce the cost of treatment, explain experts.
The scientists found out that the optimal cancer-fighting dose for cancer patients who were taking only sirolimus was about 90 mg weekly, which is twice as high as the side-effect threshold. But the patients who were drinking grapefruit juice, however, needed only about 25 to 35 mg per week of the drug.
“We have at our disposal an agent that can markedly increase bioavailability (in this study by approximately 350 percent) and … decrease prescription drug spending on many agents metabolized by P450 enzymes” those gut enzymes that grapefruit juice blocks, the authors wrote in their report, quote from nbcnews.