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Strawberries and health: The hidden risks when mixed with medications

Strawberries and health: The hidden risks when mixed with medications
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7:24 AM EDT, May 9, 2024, updated: 8:49 AM EDT, May 9, 2024

The strawberry season has just begun. Not everyone is aware that consuming them with certain medications can be hazardous to our health. Which combinations should we avoid? Let's find out.

We anticipate their arrival all year long. After all, strawberries aren't just delicious; they're also celebrated for their numerous health benefits. They make an excellent addition to various dishes and are enjoyed by older and younger household members. However, knowing who should steer clear is essential before indulging in them. Surprisingly, the list is quite extensive.

Allergies versus strawberries

For some, summer is unimaginable without strawberries. In Poland, they're a trendy fruit that can be purchased almost anywhere during the season. However, they're not suitable for everyone.

Those who are allergic to histamine should be cautious. Strawberries can trigger allergic reactions, including diarrhea, hives, and itchy skin. In some instances, these individuals might also experience inflammation.

Additionally, those with a salicylate allergy should avoid strawberries, as eating them can lead to symptoms like persistent coughing and breathlessness.

Medications and strawberries: A cautionary note

Strawberries are a fantastic vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium source. However, their high potassium content can significantly affect our health when taking certain medications.

This is especially true for beta-blockers, which are designed to increase potassium levels in the blood. Unfortunately, excessive potassium can cause hyperkalemia, potentially leading to cardiac arrest.

Anticoagulant medications also don't mix well with strawberries. This combination can interfere with blood clotting, posing a significant risk to our health.

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