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Prescription or OTC Drugs Can Sap Your Natural Store of Nutrients

Published date: 18 October 2012 |
Published by: Reporter
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Many doctors are as unaware as their patients that certain medicines have the unhelpful side-effect of depleting nutrients that are otherwise naturally stored in the body. Even aspirin does not escape the list of culprits. Drugs are taken because we need them, but we also need a strong, continually renewed supply of vitamins and minerals to encourage normal health on the cellular level.
 
The problem of medications depleting vitamins and minerals can become a viscous cycle, one that is difficult to recognize. Take NSAIDs for arthritis and you set yourself for problems caused by low melatonin, such as insomnia or even, some recent studies show, a higher risk for certain cancers. ACE inhibitors, commonly employed to correct hypertension, deplete your natural supply of zinc, one of the body’s staunchest advocates for the immune system.
 
This kind of piggy-backing of problem-solution-problem is the price we pay when we make the decision to use medications. It may well be the best decision we can make at the time, but prevention is certainly the best approach. By the time a patient has developed gout, for example, and then unwittingly depletes the body’s natural B12 by taking colchicine, that patient will need to replace the depleted B12 or develop further problems. A lifetime of prevention with the judicial use of vitamins and mineral supplements can help reduce the need for chemical solutions and avoid the endless, burgeoning loop.
 
Examples of Medication-Nutrient Depletion Loops
 
ACE Inhibitors
Prescribed for high blood pressure and heart problems, this life-saving drug can be a fatal threat to your body’s zinc supply over time. Zinc is called the “master mineral,” and is the champion of the immune system.
 
Anti-inflammatories and NSAIDs
These important drugs help control a wide spectrum of pain and health problems related to inflammation. They are also infamous for reducing the body’s natural store of calcium, zinc, folic acid, glutathione, potassium, iron, chromium and vitamins C, B6, K and D.
 
Aspirin
Those who turn to aspirin or salicylates for pain on a regular basis may be surprised to learn that they are low in vitamin C, B5 and K, as well as calcium, folic acid, sodium and iron.
 
Cochicine
This prevalent gout medicine also attacks the body’s supply of Vitamin B12, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and sodium.
 
Corticosteroids
These powerful medications help control problems such as eczema flare-ups. Regular use may deplete your zinc, selenium, calcium, folic potassium, folic acid, magnesium and vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D.
 
Statins
This cholesterol-reducer also reduces the natural occurrence of coenzyme Q10 in the body. A powerhouse vitamin, coenzyme Q10 is ubiquitous to every cell. Coenzyme Q10 is a major antioxidant and energy-provider.

 

There are times, of course, when taking medications, prescription or over-the-counter, simply makes sense. Remember to check which nutrients the drugs you take are known for depleting. Then choose a reputable company, such as Seven Seas, to order the precise supplement to replace the vitamins, multivitamins and minerals your body needs.

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