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Nutrition Questions and Answers

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Q: Will fibre affect and/or absorb the medications I take?


Nitroglycerin tabletsA: Thank you for your question. The answer is yes

Fibre increases the passage of anything taken through our digestive system and thereby reduces the time for absorption rates. Note that fibre, namely soluble forms, can bind to drugs and thereby hinder absorption. It is imperative to have fibre in the diet. One can just avoid high fibre foods or fibre supplements away from meal times. It is always worth keeping the two separate intakes of drugs and fibre about two hours apart.

It is always worth discussing your concern with your health care professional as he or she will know what type of medication is being taken. It does happen that fibre generally may reduce absorption slightly which is fine and safe (as drugs can be toxic in high dosages) but when one needs strong dosages of certain medications then one would avoid high fibre foods or fibre supplements at the time of medication intake.

Do try and always have fibre as fibre is vital in preventing many states of ill health. It is a matter of balance and one needs to take into account the individual, the dietary lifestyle and the type of medication.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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