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See why you shouldn't take fruits and blood tonic while taking antimalarial drugs.


Alot of people have been talking fruits with anti_malarial drug thinking it helps to boost the immune system without knowing they they are automatically helping the parastic to boost their immune system.

Fruits are natural edible substance gotten from trees which contains vitamins and minerals. The contain vitamin A, B, C and other vitamins and minerals.

When we are sick, especially when we know the genesis of the sickness. We tend to self-administer drugs without knowing the implications of taking a drug.

Are you in the habit of taking fruits and Blood tonic with the drugs you take?

Please don’t do so whenever you have malaria.

You should know that liver is the site of drug metabolism in the human body. Therefore, every drug you take is metabolized or reduced to infinitesimal amounts in the liver.

The liver is an important organ in the life process of malaria parasites in the body and is rich in Iron.

The malaria parasites Plasmodium really needs Iron – Fe for survival and so when iron supplements or blood tonics or capsules are taken, they accumulate more in the liver and the malaria parasites multiply very favourably since they depend on a lot of iron for their multiplication.

In fact, these parasites also attack red blood cells and destroy them (hemolysis) just to get more iron. This, in turn, causes inflammatory symptoms that present as malaria; and that’s why malaria, left untreated, will gradually result in anaemia (low concentration of red blood cells in the body).


Fruits contains Vitamin C, which on the other hand, helps with the absorption of iron which goes mostly to the liver and blood.

This may be good for a patient who has anaemia as it helps to build up blood in the body, but it is detrimental to people who have malaria as the malaria parasites will have more iron to feed on and grow further.

Also, Vitamin C helps young malaria parasites grow to maturity in the body.

The Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs) Artemether and Amodiaquine which are contained in antimalarial act by releasing oxidative derivatives in the body to mop up the parasites, but vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which counters the effect of the oxidative derivatives and so the antimalarial effect is not fully achieved.

So, please avoid taking antimalarial drugs with fruits because it contains Vitamin C ( and blood tonic (iron). When you have finished taking the antimalarial (usually 3days), you can commence your fruits, vitamin C and blood tonic.

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