Researchers reject antioxidant/statin drug study

Shortly after we sent you the last eAlert on the recent study that suggests some antioxidants may inhibit statin drugs, HSI panelist Randall Wilkinson, M.D. faxed us an article from Science News magazine critiquing the study. Apparently, not all conventional cardiovascular researchers agree with the conclusions of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA). Dr. Ishwarial Jialal, a researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, noted that in his extensive work in the area, he has never had a problem coupling statin drugs with antioxidants. Further, he conferred with researchers at the University of Oxford in England and found their experiences match his. Dr. Jialal theorizes that the inhibitive effect was probably caused by an interaction between the antioxidants with niacin, which was given along with the statin medication (as is common practice) in the JAHA study.