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Ask Tufts Experts January 2010 Issue

Q: I have read that pomegranate juice interferes with the availability and absorption of hypertension medication, in much the manner that grapefruit juice does. Is this true? If so, is the effect diminished by taking the juice hours before or after the medication?

Answer :  You can drink your pomegranate juice whenever you like, according to David J. Greenblatt, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Tufts’ School of Medicine. “Pomegranate juice does not have the same properties as grapefruit juice,” Dr. Greenblatt says. “Pomegranate juice has no effect on the absorption of any medications, and there is no concern with taking pomegranate juice with prescription drugs, regardless of the timing.”

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