I take 5mg of Coumadin daily. I have a supplement that contains the acai berry. The ingredients are: psyllium seed, fennel seed, buckthorn bark, goldenseal whole herb, cascara sagrada bark, rhubarb root, licorice root, ginger root and acai fruit. From my understanding goldenseal can decrease the effects of Coumadin and ginger can increase it. I was interested in taking this product but I am worried about the overall effects. Any advice?
Dr. Gourmet Says...
Acai berry as a supplement is just plain silly, whether you are taking Coumadin (warfarin) or not. Being on warfarin, you should be very concerned about taking any sort of supplement. There's no telling what might might or might not be in what you are taking and what effect it might have on your INR levels.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!
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