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Are The Drugs You're Taking Depleting Vital Nutrients From Your Body?

                

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The use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is extremely prevalent in North America and in most Western developed world. It is reported that 46% of Americans take at least one prescription drug daily. In 2005, the Minnesota Board on Aging showed that for individuals over the age of 65, 21%  took five or more prescription drugs every day; 25% took 3-4 prescription drugs per day, 36% took 1-3 prescription drugs per day, while only 18% did not take any prescription drugs on a daily basis.

Here are the most common drugs used by individuals living in developed countries along with the vitamins and minerals that they deplete from the body:

Type of Drug

Depleted Nutrients

   

Laxatives

Vitamin A, D, E, Calcium

   

Antibiotics

Vitamin B1, B2, C, E, K, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc

   

Cholesterol - lowering drugs such as Cholestyramine, Colestripol, Questran, Colestid, Atromid-S

Vitamin A, B12, D, E, K, Beta-Carotene, Folic Acid, Iron

   

Colchicine - used to treat gout

Vitamin A, B12, D, Folic Acid, Iron

   

Prednisone and related steroid drugs

Vitamin C, D, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc

   

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including Ibuprofin and aspirin (ASA)

Vitamin C,K, Folic Acid, Iron

   

Antacid drugs

Vitamin A, B1, B12, Folic Acid, Chromium, Iron

   

Oral contraceptives

Vitamin B1, B6, B12, C, Biotin, Beta-Carotene, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc

   

Sedatives and barbiturate drugs

Vitamin B2, B12, C, D, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid

   

Estrogen replacement therapy

Vitamin B1, B2, B12, C, Biotin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium

   

Antidepressant drugs

Vitamin B2, B6, Magnesium, Calcium, CoQ10

   

Amphetamine and amphetamine-containing drugs

Vitamin B1

Type of Drug

Depleted Nutrients

   

Levodopa, used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Vitamin B6

   

Anticonvulsant drugs

Vitamin D, E, Biotin, Folic Acid, Zinc

   

Digoxin (Digitalis)

Vitamin B1

   

Indomethacin

Vitamin B1

   

Diuretics

Vitamin B1, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc

   

Ace-Inhibitors – used for high blood pressure

Zinc

   

Beta-blockers – used for high blood

CoQ10

   

Statin Drugs (e.g. Lipitor) – for high cholesterol

CoQ10

   

 

If you, or someone you care about, is taking any of these drugs, then the appropriate action in most cases entails taking a high potency multiple vitamin that is enriched with antioxidants, a B-50 complex and 500 mg of calcium. A supplement of this nature can really help your body counter drug-induced nutrient depletion, as well as being a cornerstone of wellness care for most adults.

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