March 2012 Issue

Healthy Foods Like Spinach Can Interfere with Meds

Medication—whether over-the-counter or prescription—can deliver lifesaving therapy or pain relief. But pills also can interact with common foods in your diet, from dairy products to leafy green vegetables, and produce undesirable results, such as lessening the potency of the medication. “It is easy to fall prey, as many people are not aware that drug-nutrient interactions even exist,” says Joanne Haire, R.D., R.N., C.D.E., a New York City-based dietitian and nurse.

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